SPIRIT STANDING STILL - a blog about photography, mostly
"No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen." (Minor White)
To see a world in a grain of sand / And a heaven in a wild flower / Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour (William Blake)
It all started with bananas. Because I needed bananas, I went to the grocery store. Because the front lot was crowded, I parked in the side lot. Because the side lot is usually empty, I found a carpet of freshly fallen leaves. There are several more steps in this story, the end result being a new series of scanography images.
How many ways can you look at a leaf? Color, texture, blemishes, structure… The closer I looked, the more I found. And experimenting with black and white, and filters, revealed hidden worlds. A winter forest? A swamp creature? Here are the first images. More to come.
All the phases of autumn are present at once in the redbud in my front yard. Starting first with just a hint of red around the edges, then the leaf sheds its green skin to reveal brighter hues underneath, fades to a soft tan and finally dries to a crisp dark mahogany.
One last collection of images from summer’s Baltic adventure. Riga’s pleasures extended beyond its Art Nouveau treasures - wandering through the old town, finding odd corners, worn and beautifully weathered, and crossing the river to enjoy the ultra modern library. Enjoy!
Roughly one third of the buildings in central Riga are Art Nouveau, making it the highest concentration of Nouveau architecture of any city in the world. Street after street is a feast for the eyes - buildings that are beautiful as a whole, as well as in their countless details. Details that are elegant, whimsical, and occasionally downright strange. Words are inadequate - instead, check out the full gallery here.
Tallinn’s beautiful old town has made it a popular stop on cruise itineraries. Perhaps too popular. The picturesque narrow streets aren’t much fun when clogged with midsummer crowds. Still, during the quieter morning hours it’s possible to find breathing room and enjoy the jumble of the old city. And I discovered that most tourists didn’t venture outside of the medieval center - the stunning park with its national art museum, and the amazing street art of Telliskivi Creative City, were an easy tram ride (and a few centuries) away. Click here to enjoy the full collection of images from this beautiful city.
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