The Spanish arrived on the island of Ayiti in the 1490s (you’ve probably heard of Cristóbal Colón–aka: Christofer Columbus). They brought with them greed and infectious diseases; they left with gold and slaves. But one good thing came out of this tragic encounter.
The Spanish noted that the native Taino peoples slept in fishing nets suspended between trees or the posts of their bohio huts. The practice was not only more cool in the hot climate, it also protected them from snakes, biting ants, and an alarming variety of stinging insects that prowled on the ground. When Columbus returned to Spain, he brought along a number of these amaca, which proved to be useful aboard ship as well.
We call them hammocks now. This one is portable; it rolls up into a little globe about the size of a softball, fits handily in a bike bag and still leaves plenty of room for a paperback book or e-reader. When you’re out cycling, you never know when you’ll chance upon two vertical objects exactly the perfect hammock-distance apart. If that happens, you’re almost required to stop and stretch out in a fishing net and read a book.
On this occasion, though, the hammock is just a prop. Utata’s current Iron Photographer project requires us to take a landscape photograph that includes two things connected by a third thing. The hammock is that third thing.
Unhappily, the project also requires the colors to be inverted. In some instances, that can create a really interesting and provocative image. In this instance, it mostly just serves to enpurple the natural world.