Picked up Michael Haneke's film "Time of the Wolf" off Netflix a number of years ago. It was a genre I enjoy - end of the world as we know it movies. I tend to wonder as I watch what I would do in a similar circumstance. The end of the movie is this scene with this pre-teen boy standing half naked by a fire marking the edge of a refugee camp. It's an affecting visual. I kept it with me all these years.
So last June when the chance to do a photo at an aqueduct in Virginia that I often pass by finally came I knew I wanted to do a photo in this spirit. However, I was in a good mood that day and the woman I was working with for the first time was down for whatever and didn't mind going deep into the tunnel. So the vibe was hopeful, not bleak as Haneke's vision was.
For years I had been looking at the tunnel thinking - one day. And when that day came I did not waste the chance. Little did I know this would be one of the last photos I would take for the "Perfect" project and before my retirement. I'm glad I got it in when I did. All praises due...
Gazelle in Tunnel by Vincent Lee Smith 2013