SANDIKINS by Nina Leen


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Apparently the suggestion of whimsy in the skate egg cases found on beaches has proved too much for crack photographer Nina Leen, who has made dancing, capering creatures of the husks by giving them putty heads, arranging them in graceful positions and groupings, and then inventing a sort of pseudo-natural history to go with her black and white pictures. Her Sandikins are a happy, peaceful species engaged in such pursuits as soaring, swinging on honeysuckle, playing football (no fighting for the ball-each player has his own), collecting feathers (""But what can they do with them now/ Nothing. Other collectors have the same problem"") and being geniuses on the Magic Mountain, where ""heads fill up with poems, music, big thoughts and great ideas"" and ""Sometimes a head gets so heavy that it falls off."" You can't accuse Leen of getting heavy here but her Sandikins are, on the contrary, in danger of simply floating away.

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 1975
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston