A BIRD (BLAST # 130) by Naoya Hatakeyama
Taka Ishii Gallery, 2006 First edition of 1000 copies, Unpaginated, 7 1/2" X 11" Hardcover
A series of consecutive photographs, beginning with a peaceful scene of a bird flying over water, then the ground begins to erupt in slow motion, multiple explosions throwing debris higher and higher, the bird still visible in each photo until the sky is completely obscured; the dust then begins to settle, the sky reappears, with the bird still on course, flying peacefully away. An allegory on our ability to surmount discord and achieve inner peace. A Japanese version of "Don't worry, be happy" with explosives.