Friday, February 25, 2005


"The sequence of photos shows the beach at Khao Lak, Thailand, on Dec.26, 2004. The photos show the water at first receding, then forming into the first wave that crashed ashore."

These are the soon to be famouspictures snapped by a Canadian couple of the waves that would kill them a moment later. I had thought that this was a visually undocumented event, in the sense that no photos I'd seen really captured what the people on the beach had experienced that day. Needless to say, I can imagine now. What strikes me is that the waves are so much more a horizontal event than a vertical, towering wall of water; more surge than wave. Maybe that's why the people don't run away. Or maybe, being able to hear it, they understand the futility of running.