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in the realm of thought...

in the realm of thought...

Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depth; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought.

Robert Green Ingersoll


Slant

Slant

There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings, are.

None may teach it anything,
'T is the seal, despair,
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, 't is like the distance
On the look of death.

There's A Certain Slant of Light by Emily Dickenson
Photo taken 9 November 2007


Buzz

Buzz

Photo taken and posted 4 August 2007


Glory

Glory


Perception

Perception

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see.

~ Anaïs Nin

Posted 16 June 2007


unfinished

unfinished

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
~André Gide

*Photograph courtesy of my sister - St. George, Bermuda.

Posted 2 June 2007


Rain

Rain

Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.
~Seneca


Posted 26 May 2007


Dogwood

Dogwood

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

~George Santayana

Posted 5 May 2007


Shadow

Shadow

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
~Thomas Paine

Posted 19 May 2007


Illusion

Illusion

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
~ Albert Einstein

Posted 28 April 2007


Rust

Rust

Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves.
~ Owen Feltham


Chained

Chained

Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.

~Mark Twain


posted: 24 March 2007


Bricks

Bricks

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.

- Harold Wilson

Posted: 10 March 2007


temporary safety

temporary safety

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

~ (possibly) Benjamin Franklin

Posted 24 February 2007


A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.

Paul Klee


Do not open..

Do not open..

Never open the door to the lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.

~Baltasar Gracian

Posted 10 February 2007


Trace

Trace

A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stencilled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask.
- Susan Sontag

3 February 2007


most strange

most strange

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

~William Shakespeare
   Julius Caesar, Act II Scene II

Posted 3 March 2007


Patched - 11 November 2006

Patched - 11 November 2006

And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse,
As patches set upon a little breach
Discredit more in hiding of the fault
Than did the fault before it was so patched.
~ William Shakespeare


Red

Red

The true color of life is the color of the body, the color of the covered red, the implicit and not explicit red of the living heart and the pulses. It is the modest color of the unpublished blood.

~ Alice Meynall


Path

Path

One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.
-Kahlil Gibran

Posted 4 February 2006


Decay

Decay


Ghost

Ghost

30 E. 2nd Street, NYC

6 November 2005


6 November 2005

6 November 2005

I should fear those that dance before me now
Would one day stamp upon me: 't has been done;
Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

-William Shakespeare

Photo taken 5 November 2005
Brooklyn, New York


Closed

Closed


Grasshopper

Grasshopper

23 October 2005


Festival

Festival

Pisac, Peru July 2005


Machu picchu

Machu picchu

Machu Picchu, Peru

16 July 2005

(Photo taken by my daughter)


Decay

Decay

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.

- Ernst Fischer


Dimension

Dimension

11 June 2005

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes


Requiem

Requiem

Photo taken 1 May 2005 at Marble Cemetery

Posted 4 June 2005


Bl'ker

Bl'ker

28 May 2005

She hated bleak and wintry things alone.
All that was warm and quick, she loved too well -
A light, a flame, a heart against her own;
It is forever bitter cold, in Hell.

- Dorothy Parker
Tombstones in the Starlight: The Pretty Lady



Manhattan_bridge

Manhattan_bridge


Outside

Outside

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Shinto shrine in the Japanese Garden.

posted 14 May 2005


the Blue Door

the Blue Door

East Second Street, NYC

Photo: Sunday 17 April 2005

posted Saturday 23 April 2005


Apricot

Apricot

Apricot blossoms

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 16 April 2005

Posted 17 April 2005


Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams

Ellis Island, a different view.

29 March 2005.

Posted 16 April 2005


Bklyn Bridges

Bklyn Bridges

Wednesday 20 May 2005


Sophistication

Sophistication

02 April 2005

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

-Leonardo da Vinci


Empty

Empty

19 March 2005

Bleecker Street


Reddoormorning

Reddoormorning


Openshut

Openshut

19 February 2005

I wish that everyone would realize that until recently beauty in things was commonplace and that it is our responsibility to demand that of the future.

-Sōetsu Yanagi


Privatecourt

Privatecourt

05 March 2005

Everyone looks at things, but people do not perceive in the same manner.
Some are able to penetrate into the depths of things,
but most see only the surface, and the objects are usually categorized as right or wrong.
To misapprehend is no better than not to notice.

-Sōetsu Yanagi


Winter

Winter

26.12.05

To "see" is to go direct to the core; to know the facts about an object of beauty is to go around the periphery.

-Sōetsu Yanagi


Circlegate

Circlegate

29 January 2005

He who only knows, without seeing, does not understand the mystery.

Even should every detail of beauty be accounted for by the intellect, does such a tabulation lead to beauty?

Is the beauty that can be neatly reckoned really profound?

-Sōetsu Yanagi


Summerechoes

Summerechoes

12 March 2005

To divine the significance of pattern is the same as to understand beauty itself.

-Sōetsu Yanagi


Blue

Blue

26 March 2005

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create the distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

- Buddha


Flashback

Flashback

05 February 2005

A man of intuition is one capable of always deriving fresh impressions from objects.

Intuition is the power of seeing at this very moment.

-Sōetsu Yanagi


Undiscoveredcountry_1

Undiscoveredcountry_1

15 January 2005

The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn no traveller returns...


Thegate

Thegate

22 January 2005

Cemetery gates. St Patrick's Old Cathedral. Mulberry Street.

“All it requires for the forces of evil, bigotry, superstition and ignorance to keep their grip on the minds of the people is that good men and women continue to do nothing.”

-Voltaire


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