When I was a kid and watched 2001: A Space Oddessey for the first time it rocked me to my core. I was too young to fully understand what I was watching but the imagery that Kubrick crafted for the film would never leave me. We all remember the monolith. The big black stoic chunk of obsidian that appears throughout the film is forever entrenched in our culture’s pop sensibility brain. Moon Viewing evokes the same feeling but deeper, more primal. Looking at these photos of these natural structures that are actually found on this planet, not some work of fiction, makes me gaze in wonder like the anthropomorphized apes of 2001.
Barbara Yoshida undertook a vast quest to find these Megaliths across the world and shoot them under the cover of moonlight. Moonlight brings about a different sense to our surroundings and often we think that under the cover of darkness is where nightmares dwell. Flip your perspective and think about how things come alive at night. These megaliths speak to the viewer with an unbridled passion that has existed before the written word. These stones have seen more history than ever recorded and will stand the test of time for ages to come. Sure, we may have erected the stones and mankind felt the need to express their emotions and beliefs by hoisting them up but truly who had the spiritual power to raise them up? Was it the stones themselves yearning to be back in the cosmos or was is us playing like we knew what a God was?
This book is a gorgeous account of these beings that populate a multitude of locations on the Earth. These stones are in Europe, Africa, even Armenia and Israel. They all have one thing in common; they were witness to man attempting to find its identity. The long exposures combined with the ancient night sky bring these black and white photos to life like distant memories from our human unconscious. I suggest you pick this book up, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, put on some Pallbearer, and just enjoy the soft poetry created by Barbara Yoshida.
Moon Viewing: Megaliths By Moonlight
by Barbara Yoshida
Marquand Books, Inc.