"I think that films narrate history. Films especially. All films are ultimately documentaries, because in passing, unintentionally, they record the clouds crossing the sky or a flock of birds somewhere in the background or someone walking by who doesn’t notice he’s being filmed."
Wim Wenders, from Written in the West
That Now Are Wild And Do Not Remember
Where did you go to, when you went away?
It is as if you step by step were going
Someplace elsewhere into some other range
Of speaking, that I had no gift for speaking,
Knowing nothing of the language of that place
To which you went with naked foot at night
Into the wilderness there elsewhere in the bed,
Elsewhere somewhere in the house beyond my seeking.
I have been so dislanguaged by what happened
I cannot speak the words that somewhere you
Maybe were speaking to others where you went.
Maybe they talk together where they are,
Restlessly wandering, along the shore,
Waiting for a way to cross the river.
by David Ferry
"Within every photograph there is also the beginning of a story starting ‘Once upon a time…’ Every photograph is the first frame of a movie. Often the next moment, the next release of the shutter a few steps further on, the subsequent image, that is, is already tracing this story’s progress in its very own space and its very own time."
Wim Wenders, from Once
“Although there is a long history of women artists who have, for better and worse, identified with or been identified with nature and land forms, very few female photographers are included in the rolls of old or ‘new topographers.’ Men have dominated the field of landscape photography just as men have dominated the land itself. Thus ‘shooting’ a ‘virgin’ landscape has been man’s work—hunting, not gardening. It is as though the outdoors especially in the western United States, were the only remaining male sanctuary among the domesticated interiors of home and workplace. While a large number of women photographers have gathered outdoor images, their failure to impress the art and journalism markets suggests that landscapes are still perceived as trophies form the battle of culture with nature.”
Lucy Lippard, Undertones: Nine Cultural Landscapes, 1995