Out of Sight, With Minds and Reasons All Their Own

Out of Sight, With Minds and Reasons All Their Own



Fallow Deer on Housing Estate, by Jamie Hall.  Winner of the 2013 British Wildlife Photography Award, Urban Wildlife sector.         via independent.co.uk

This evocative photograph has been haunting me for days.  I see a stag, one or two other deer off to the left and possibly a fox on the right. A dog I assume would be pointed to bark away the deer. Meanwhile one window glows with electronic blue. Our media whisk us off to other lands and meanwhile we forget what early humans knew: other creatures surround us in the night.  Other minds and hungers, other senses and agendas.

You may recognize that I’m often struck by what goes on outside our ken, our awareness.  I’m boggled by the throbbing immensity that is a neighborhood behind its doors.  And by the busy universe wrapped in up its distances.   We can feel such emotions, we centers of reality.  Are we so unlike this squirrel evaluating the world beyond itself?

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From Once Upon a Home, National Geographic.  Photo by Kai Fagerström.     via nationalgeographic.com


Here are other night views of swlf-directed wildlife in “our” environment.  The first four are by the Finnish Mikko Lagerstedt.   Via Behance.net










These are by Kai Fagerström again, also a Finn, who photographed wildlife taking over an abandoned house.  You’ll find information on his book at the bottom.  Via keepsmiling.

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Not all of Fagerström’s are night-lit yet they they convey the strangeness of non-humans making their own sense of worlds human-built.

The unseen animals here are the photographers themselves.  They are a special breed, fascinated by the wildlife world and willing to be out in dead of night and in unsavory weather when the rest of us are toasting our toes at the fireplace or snoring in our beds.  Jamie Hall, Kai Fagerström and Mikko Lagerstedt went out carrying equipment and armed with optimism.  They stood vigils awaiting these random appearances.  Outside the circle of our campfires, other minds and hungers, other senses and agendas thrive.


look further:

Jamie Hall

  • National plaudits for Norfolk photographers at the British Wildlife Photography Awards, by Chris Hill, Rural Affairs Correspondent here.

Kai Fagerström

  • Fagerström on The Photo Society
  • His 2010 book The House in the Woods is unavailable in English as I look today.  It was on Amazon yesterday.  In what I think is Finnish it’s available as Viimeiset vieraat: elämää autiotaloissa here.

Mikko Lagerstedt

Urban wildlife

  • Topic on Wikipedia
  • Urban Wildlife Institute at Lincoln Park Zoo here.
  • There are a multitude of organizations in the US, Britain and around the world that help injured and orphaned wild animals.  Search Google for a breed or a locale.

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