What gossip would Country impart at a party, after us humans have walked out of the room? I've often wondered about this. Recently I visited the place where a friend took his own life and I can safely say that nature doesn't give a fuck. Nature doesn't remember or care much for us interlopers. Today, another writer told of how, after the US mortgage crisis, people walked away from their houses. The animals moved in and the backyard pools filled with reeds and frogs.
In this context, I love the quote from filmmaker Wim Wenders about landscape photography. It is paradoxical and yet weirdly correct.
I am not a landscape photographer. I am interested in
people. I am interested in our civilisation. I am interested in what
traces we leave in landscapes, in cities and places. But I wait
until people have gone, until they are out of the shot. So the place
can start talking about us. Places are so much more able to evoke people
when people are out. As soon as there is one person in the shot
everybody looks at that person. If there is nobody in the shot, the
beholder is able to listen to the story of that place. And that’s my
job. I try to make places tell their stories about us. So I am not a
landscape photographer. I am really interested in people, but my way of
finding out things about people is that I do photos about their absence,
about their traces.
The quote came from the great film review by Lauren Carroll Harris on the new Oz movie 'Killing Grounds.' Here