FOR CENTURIES, akule have been bountiful here in Hawai'i. In earlier times, villages posted lookouts, kiloi'a, above the bays, to alert everyone to the akule's seasonal arrivals. Easy to see when gathering in the shallows, the dense schools would form riverine patterns, like ribbons blown afloat, unfurling scrolls, the tails of kites, silk scarves carried away in the wind, bursts of fireworks - then suddenly contract into a writhing sculpture, a vortex, unscrolling again and moving on. The Hawaiian language distinguishes each growth stage of the species. The small ones, pa'a'a, are two to three inches long; halalu are five to six inches long; and the adult akule are seven to twelve inches. The immature akule arrive in autumn. Too small for netting, the little halalu are caught by hook - sometimes without bait - bunching together tightly to feed. In spring, the school returns as mature fish. While observing the many kapu involved with fishing, entire communities of Native Hawaiians once swam out with baskets, or loaded their caneos with olona nets to gather them. Today, commerical fishermen use aircraft and sonar to locate akule, then net them by the ton. Wayne Levin's images command our attention whether or not we have any special knowledge about akule, What's harder to account for and name are the emotions and sensations they evoke in us.
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Wayne Levin has been photographing the land and oceans since the early 1970s, A resident of Hawaii since 1968, he recieved his BFA from the San Fransisco Art Institute and his MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. His books and monographs include Kalaupapa: A Portrait (1989) documenting the Hansen's disease settlement on the island of Molokai, Through a Liquid Mirror (1998) , and Other Oceans (2001) . Levin's photographs were also included in Kaho'olawe: Na Leo o Kanaloa (1996) and have appeared in such publications as Aperture, American Photographer, Camera Arts, and LensWork.Review:
Levin transcends the technical and narrative aspects of the work to evoke awe and mystery. We detect a hint of sublime and a sense of our own place in the vastness of the universe. --Rex Weil, Art News
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Book Description Bess Press, Inc, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11091501355X
Book Description Bess Press, Inc, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX091501355X