J.B. about men floating in the air
The idea of creating this book was born after reading the poem by Joseph Brodsky “Lithuanian Nocturne” and this particular passage acted as a source of inspiration:
…over the Baltic wave,
I buzz just like that monoplane,
like some Darius and Girenas,
though not as vulnerable.
Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas were two American pilots of Lithuanian origin who attempted to achieve a flight endurance record in 1933. They flew from New York to Kaunas in a small airplane, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, but the plane crashed by the Polish city Myślibórz, and both pilots died, while being only a bit short of their final destination. The causes of this accident are still unknown.
Although the text became a starting point for my reflections, I didn’t want my images to simply illustrate it, therefore I invented a parallel world which correlates just indirectly with the poem.
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