Really Been There, Really Done That

By Stutz, Bruce | Natural History, December/January 1996 | Go to article overview

Really Been There, Really Done That


Stutz, Bruce, Natural History


Artist Deborah Ross ("A Kenya Sketchbook," page 16) went to Africa to sketch baboons and soon found that to really capture the lives of these animals, she had to spend time with them, to learn how they lived. Consequently, her two-week trip to Kenya turned into a nine-month stay. Louis Lefebvre ("Raging Dove," page 34) wanted to visit a place where he could see birds playing out the scenarios he had predicted in the laboratory. So he traveled to the little island of Barbados to observe the survival strategies of its very cosmopolitan birds. Ed Kashi ("The Settlement," page 38) first went to Bat Ayin to take pictures for the book A Day in the Life of Israel. Finding himself both drawn to, and disturbed by, the lives of the messianic Jews there, he returned three times-most recently for Natural History with his wife, writer Julie Winokur. The couple brought back haunting images and a story that portrays the contradictions of life in this outpost on the embattled West Bank. …

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