Andreas Feininger (American, Born France. 1906-1999), “Bat Flight”
1952. Gelatin silver print, 15 13/16 x 19 9/16” (40.2 x 49.7 cm)
Selected By Rachel Kessler
Feininger’s image is overwhelming. The viewer’s eyes bounce around the image, not sure where to focus. This photograph is taken from inside a cave pointing towards the outside world. Shadowed black trees and the top of the cave becomes the frame pulling the eye into the center. The rest of the frame is full of flying bats. The bats are chaotically covering the entire sky. The swarm of bats is anxiety provoking. Why they are there? Some bats are close to the camera where as others are far, causing tension in the scene. No clues are given as to where this place is. The image is dark with no highlights; everything is black against the grey sky. Feininger captures the scary feelings associated with bats through this image.