PHONAR: Unphotographable

Phonar task three: this one is a tricky one. Choose an unphotographed moment from the website, a series of moments missed by Michael David Murphy, and I think it is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. We all have images we kick ourselves for not photographing and writing them down is a beautiful way of capturing them through words. Reading through the site there are plenty I would love to photograph, but I’m unsure how. We can use our own archive of images to create this, but as my external hard drive has committed suicide I’m a bit stuck on this one. I have chosen a scene. I was going to do one about a lady on the phone in a car but that seems far less poetic that what this piece could become. The images I plan to use are from a trip to Scottland last year, and I intend to go out into the woods and photograph some select images of the book page to add in. I hope to record the sound of birds singing as I think it will made a beautiful contrast. Here it is anyway, lets get going.

This is a picture I did not take of an illustration of a bluebird on a page torn from a child’s textbook, nor is this a picture of the illustration as it fell from the low branches of a tree, where it had been trapped like trash beside a plastic bag, and when the page was blown from the tree, it fell to the ground slowly, the illustration facing me like a reminder of a bluebird, and when it landed at my feet, the illustration spun a bit in the wind, as if the bird knew it wasn’t meant for this, and would try everything it could to flap up off that page.


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