Monday, June 28, 2010
For me words and photographs go hand in hand. They inform each other for me. They are both ways I explore meaning in my life. These words, excerpted from The Four Quartets move me. I seek this condition of complete simplicity he describes, complete presence. And occasionally I find it. Sometimes this is how I feel when I create a photograph I really love--like I'm discovering something familiar, something I've known all along.
"With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one."
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Life has been moving fast for me lately. Rachel's end of high school activities, graduation and prom, seeing Jesse off to a summer in Spain, enjoying David and Tim and adjusting to the way our home is changing as one more child leaves for college, three weddings in June, meeting new babies, spending time with couples expecting babies, lots of wonderful non-profit work.
I've been feeling like Lucy in the chocolate factory trying to keep up with all the sweet events, people, moments flying towards me. Lots of opportunity to practice mindfulness. When I take a deep breath and pause for a moment to really see, I am once again amazed by and grateful for this beautiful life. Thank you for reading my blog; thank you for allowing me a place to share my thoughts and my photographs. In my usual way, I am behind on sharing my favorite images from the work I've been doing...it's a balance between giving my full attention to the one in front of me and reflecting on the experiences my work brings me. More to come, I promise.