April 04, 2004
Superior lady monkey

I was in Brussels the week before last, and took a ton of pictures. Many were private, so to speak. Others were public, that is to say they were pictures either of inanimate objects or of strangers. Of the public ones, this is one of my favourites.


This picture is part of my ongoing Billion Monkeys Project, the billion monkeys being all the people who now have digital cameras and who are snapping away at random. One of these monkeys of course being me.

However, I suspect that this classy bird may have been equipped with something better than a cheapo digicam. Something about the way she is standing, and about the obvious fact that she chooses to observe Life, even though Life would obviously be perfectly willing to offer her a starring role should she ever want one, and very possibly already has.

Photographing photographers works, and I am going to keep on with it. The great thing about them is that they are usually too busy with their photography to care about me snapping away at them, but that if they do decide they don't like it, what can they say? Yes, it's complicated, isn't it? By the time they have worked out the distinction between the wrongness of the photos I'm taking but nevertheless the okayness of the ones they are taking, the deed is done.

And mostly, if they do realise what I'm doing, they don't mind at all.

By the way, if you turn right you are looking at a spectacular view of the centre of Brussels. On that particular day there was not a cloud in the sky. Not one. This is very rare apparently.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:30 PM
Category: Photography