By Langford, James Warren; Langford, James Warren; Langford, Martha; Langford, John W
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Photographing his fellow traveller edging up on a flamingo prepares Warren Langford for Africa’s indecisive moments (fig. 20). The North American tour continued with visits to the Strategic Air Command base in Barksdale, Louisiana. In 1962 this huge air base (then the largest in the world) was the home of operational wings of B -52 bombers and KC -135 air tankers. It was also the central training facility for the crews of both aircraft. After their introduction in 1958, these aircraft became key elements in the strategic nuclear bombing program initiated by General Curtis “Bombs Away” LeMay in 1948.
93 Never? Consider how his wife, and bed partner, might have responded to that little quip – probably just as he meant it, as an expression of his public persona. At the same time, he was taking photographs for personal interest and to show his family where he had been during these long absences, holidays from family life to which he was entitled by virtue of his professional status. 94 Many of our father’s photographs were taken on rest days; they prove that he was not resting but taking very long walks to survey the terrain.
Second, the slide show presentation of the images – one after the other, projected on a screen – is not at all like the fixed combination of image and text offered by National Geographic. A slide show is fluid, durational, and improvisational, in the sense that its performance invites participation from the audience. A single image, filling the screen, is immersive and therefore potentially memorable, though, like speech, the experience is evanescent. Returning to us through both history and memory, these photographs are shot through with conflicting temporalities.
A Cold War tourist and his camera by Langford, James Warren; Langford, James Warren; Langford, Martha; Langford, John W