|Antique Italian photograph of a man off his horse - dated in pen 8.3.1926|
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Those of us who spend time in rugged country inhabited by large predators are often too keenly aware of the dangers posed by teeth and claws. Being attacked by an animal that can kill and eat you is a primal fear dating to the very beginning of human existence. Statistically, it is the tiny guys, the bacteria and viruses, that present the greatest threat, not the lions and tigers and bears.
There are a couple of examples that come to mind, one fictional and one not.
|Hemingway on safari in 1934|
|Egyptologist Lord Carnavon, died from a mosquito bite.|
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While I was laid up this summer I spent far too much time looking at vintage and contemporary photographs online. I looked at thousands of photographs but I did not know what I was looking for until I saw it, an antique Italian photograph of a horse and rider going down in a cloud of dust. In a rather stunningly symbolic way it represents my own situation. Man down.
|The author with the Man Down photograph.|