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This is a September 1996 photograph of a young couple with listening devices to their ears standing in the proximity of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge has been established as a prehistoric monument at the center of significant study, attention, prediction and speculation. There are a number of myths and mystical implications associated with Stonehenge, as well as additional evidence it was a burial location and celestial observatory used for predictions of annual solar events. There also is evidence some of the stones in Stonehenge are lithophones ("ringing rocks") that emit sounds when struck in specific manners. All of this background information figured into my decision to trip the shutter for this photograph. Deliberately omitted from the frame is a sign indicating this specific location is a "listening station" on the audio tour (the boundary rope is noticeable in front of the couple). Thus, while the couple probably is listening via their rented devices to the remote recording at this location, in my imagination I mused this couple was attempting to receive some type of mystical message from the stones of or areas surrounding Stonehenge. While I can confirm the location, in fact, was an audio tour listening station, I definitively cannot confirm the nature of the information being received via the listening devices.

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This photograph was created from a Kodak Tri-X negative scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED and processed via Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop before being printed as a giclee on archival 100% cotton rag fine art paper.

Stonehenge Listening (1996)


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Michael Whitaker

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