Land of Turmoil: Lava Beds National Monument

Bunchgrass Trail & Schonchin Butte, Lava Beds National Monument, CA
Bunchgrass Trail & Schonchin Butte, Lava Beds National Monument, CA

This can be a forbidding place, a world foreign to outsiders. Medicine Lake is a shield volcano that’s been active for 500,000 years. Its eruptions, from surface vents have been gentle rather than explosive. The eruptions resulted in a low, gently sloping shield-like profile.

The Modoc and their ancestors called Lava Beds home for over 10,000 years. Following the rhythm of nature, they roamed this land freely until they were forcibly moved to the Klamath Reservation in nearby Oregon.

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By Kinan Faham

"the Silent Camera" was conceived in 2009 and was inspired by the music of Arvo Part especially his piece "Silentium". I perceive the modern world as oscillating between two extremes that are analogous to two of Arvo Part's pieces: "Perpetuum Mobile" represents the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the sea of people surrounding you, the noise in the streets, the deadlines, the challenges and the lessons to learn, the new technologies and risks facing our civilization, the musical pieces you learn [or fail to master],.. etc. "Silentium" represents the resolution of every musical note, every spoken word and every movement of your day. It is the moment that you are most likely to remember after the day's noise has settled and its turbulence has subsided. It is the moment that we all crave and the moment that will allow us to persist to the next day when the Perpetuum Mobile cycle starts again.

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