A friend once pointed out a tiny little figure in the far distance of a landscape and said: “I don’t like pictures with artifacts in them.” Interesting thought. It stuck in my mind. I was living and photographing in Tokyo for a couple of months, trying to get pictures without artifacts (OK, but without electrical wires), and I remember this very clearly too (I don’t remember birthdays, I remember insights), when I realized the electrical wires are an integral part of the composition. And so are we. And so is everything else inside the ecosystem. As Joseph Campbell said: “It’s great. Just the way it is.” Like it or not.

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