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Mythology of Place - Homage to James K Baxter - © 1993-94 - Lloyd Godman - Lawrence Jones - Mythology of Place - Book now available

Photographs of the Brighton Coastal Otago World of James K Baxter

The rock, Prometheus, Brighton Beach 1994

Homage to Baxter  Resonance 3 - The rock, Prometheus, Brighton Beach 1994

Big rock Prometheus Seaweed fire

selenium toned silver gelatine print - Lloyd Godman - this image is mapped, click on image map section to enlarge - Full size image

Resonance 3

Exactly which is the rock Baxter called "Prometheus" is difficult to tell, for there are several groups of rocks that  become covered with sand for even years at a time before being exposed again at the wild hands of an ocean storm, or the bursting flood of water down the river during heavy rain. This rock however is more resilient than the others and appears more regularly. It sits closer to the water at the entrance to the bay and is less likely to be buried by sand and more likely to grow barnacles. 

Map of Brighton Bay indicating where the image Resonance III was taken from

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James K Baxter - Poem references

The Titan   CP

The rock limbs of Prometheus
Lie twisted at the entrance to the bay
Like corroded Iron......


Think   CP

It is a long time since he brought
the fire of Zeus to us
Lightening our chaos, for many
aeons Hour by Hour the sea vulture
Has been tearing at his guts.

The Town Under the Sea   1962   CP

Kelp - bladders, tangled thrown
up by the cannibal sea

Letter From the Mountains   1968   CP

And the rock of barren friendship, has another shape....

Despair is the only gift;
When it is shared, it becomes a different thing; like rock, like

Tears from faces of stone.