coastlines / 海岸線

April 17, 2011





19 March 2002, UK
‘Coastlines’
Photography: Richard Cooke

Coastlines are cultural interfaces between ‘native’ and ‘overseas’.  This set of stamps with aerial photos around the British Isles are showing geographical fact and the lives of people, who protected their land from invaders, the ports for importers and fishermen to bring food, as well as the farmers working on flat land.

This series of satellite photos from the New York Times show us that the Tsunami has taken thousands of lives from the East coast of North Japan, and had destroyed history and culture alongside a long section of the coastline.

海岸線は単に海と陸の境界線というだけでなく、海を越えて人がたどり着く場所であり、攻めて来る敵から土地を守る人びとの戦いの歴史があり、物資が運びこまれ食料の魚が集まる港、平坦な海岸沿いには農家が作物を植えて、、、と、この切手の航空写真を見るだけでも豊かな文化が育まれる場所だということがわかります。

ニューヨーク・タイムズに掲載されたこの衛星写真は、津波が一瞬にしてたくさんの命を奪い、同時に海岸沿いに豊かに育まれていた歴史や文化をめちゃくちゃに壊していったのだ、という事実をわたしたちにつきつけます。

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