an anthropology of the future

a fictional re-telling of human future/past:

It has become necessary to look into the future.
There must have been a time, long past, when animals much like apes looked up into the night sky and wondered about the stars: what those pinpoints of light were, and what they were for. Only a brief while after that, the apelike things acquired language; then stories began to be told, and fantasies woven about the stars overhead. That cluster resembled a hunter and, high above, the outlines of a great bear could be discerned. Such stories, told in the Pleisto¬cene dark, kept the bogeyman away…

vanishing languages

One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish. What is lost when a language goes silent?


sun reflecting

To produce each photograph, I leave open the shutter for a very long
exposure. The result is an image of the moon or sun playing off of an
altered landscape. In this way, the heavenly meets with the human, the
immense with the intimate and one of the most constant forces in our
world—the movement of the solar bodies—interacts with a line of rocks or
grass: a mark that is small and completely fleeting in meaning and

David Shannon-Lier