A cold front has come through, and so nights are in the 60s, mornings in the 70s. The sun is less intense: Autumn is here. A season that is at once sweet and melancholy. Time to remember things done and left undone, and a time to await what the ongoing seasons will bring to us next.
That day I saw beneath dark clouds
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold . . .
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes . . .
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.
Recently I had a discussion with someone who insisted that an image without an explanation lacked some important information to help the viewer understand the image. I disagreed, which is why I seldom give a title to an image. I was reminded of what Robert Frost said when someone asked him to explain one of his poems—he said, "You want me to say it worse?" That I can agree with; if someone asks me to explain an image, my inclination is just to point to the image.
Merton: "the most wonderful moment of the day is that when creation in its innocence asks permission to 'be' once again . . . "
Thomas Merton: "This is my place and yet I have never felt so strongly that I have 'no place' as I have felt here since becoming fully reconciled to this as 'my place.' My place is in reality no place, and I hesitate to act as if I were anything but a stranger anywhere . . . "
Photography is about light (it means writing with light, after all). And mentors often tell us we should pay close attention to what the light is doing when we make an image. Last Thursday's image is a good demonstration of this: what struck me most forcefully when I saw that scene was the light: dark blue clouds affecting the color and the darkness of the whole scene. Here what is most noticeable is the brightness of the scene and the way the light plays one color off of another. Quite different images, but both most affected by the light in each.
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