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A mumuration

If you’ve never seen a murmuration of starlings, stop reading this and go watch this video. It’s five minutes long. I’ll wait…

Pretty amazing, wasn’t it?

And maybe it gives you an idea about why the word “murmuration” came to mind when I made this photo.

“Oblique Intersection”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.3.2021

“Oblique Intersection”

One of the coolest things about Lubbock is that Texas Tech University has a nationally-recognized public art program, with major art installations on their campuses in Lubbock, El Paso, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Amarillo.

This piece, which was installed in 2019, is one of my favorites, because it looks like a pencil sketch come to life. It’s called “Oblique Intersection” and is made of short stainless steel rods welded together. The shapes in the piece mirror the architectural shapes of the campus buildings. From certain angles and even though it is a huge piece, it almost disappears. It looks different depending on the sunlight’s angles. It looks different at night. It looks different in the snow (come back on January 25 to see that.). It is, in short, a delight to view, no matter when you look at it. Here’s an article (that has an imbedded video) about it.

The piece was produced by Lead Pencil Studio (Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han).

“Oblique Intersection”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.3.2021

All the new pandemic graves, 3

An overhead view of the increasingly-full cemetery. So much loss. So much grief.

(And now: 630 deaths, as of 1.16.2021.)

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.29.2020
Nathan Harvey, drone pilot

All the new pandemic graves, 2

 

Another drone image from the cemetery, where the rough brown dirt, and a plywood cover, speak to the community’s pandemic losses. And to all the families whose dinner tables, holidays, plans, and memories have been forever altered.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.29.2020
Nathan Harvey, drone pilot

All the new pandemic graves, 1

There were more new graves at this cemetery than I’d ever noticed before, surely a result of the 626 COVID deaths* in Lubbock.

I had a philosophical argument with myself over even making this image (and the two that will follow). It seemed intrusive in a way that my normal cemetery images don’t. But it also seemed historically important, also in a way that my regular cemetery images don’t.

History won.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.29.2020
Nathan Harvey, drone pilot

*As of 1.14.2021.

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