michael goldblatt’s panoramic photo gallery
China: One day while Adele and I were visiting the Sun Yat San Memorial in Nanjing some people came up to us waving a camera. I am used to that sort of gesture and signed that I would enjoy taking a photograph of them together in that place. I reached for their camera but they stopped me and made it clear that they wanted to take photographs of themselves with us. They posed the woman carefully between Adele and me and the man took the photograph then they changed places and the woman took a photo of the man with us. They showed the photographs to us and then happily trotted off but when we looked up we found ourselves the centre of attention with a long queue of Chinese people waiting to photograph each other with us. It seemed as if they had never seen a non-Chinese person before.
Victoria Falls: You can photograph the Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders) from two countries – they commence in Zambia and end in a deep pool in Zimbabwe.
At more than a kilometre and a half wide they are the largest curtain of water in the world. The Zimbabwean view is the most spectacular, standing at the bottom and looking up through the mist whereas a few hundred meters away on the Zambian side children play on the river bank and people paddle in the water. You can walk from one side to the other, provided you go through customs.
There is a third and more exciting way to view the falls – and that is from a microlight flying above them.