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)
The receding tide made lovely patterns in the sand - trees and even a goblin or two. Summer will be here soon - are you ready to feel the sand between your toes?
With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. - Lope de Vega
These spent orchid blossoms gradually - over a span of months - transformed into something quite different. Paper thin and husk-like, but still rich in color. A perfect subject for the scanner.
We must not be governed by rigid rules, as by the almanac, but let the season rule us. The moods and thoughts of man are revolving just as steadily and incessantly as nature's. Nothing must be postponed. Take time by the forelock. Now or never! You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this. (Journal of Henry David Thoreau, April 24, 1859)
This is the final collection of photographs from last October’s vacation - autumn in New England - just six months late! “Nothing must be postponed” indeed! “Take time by the forelock” and “now or never!” I think the juxtaposition would make Thoreau chuckle.
No matter how long I had to delay the processing of these images, they still evoke the magic of fall.
Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul. - Wassily Kandinsky
If you’re looking for Kandinsky’s colorful “vibrations in the soul”, you can’t do better than the vibrant Cadillac Ranch and the lesser known (but just as colorful) Slug Bug Ranch. Years of panting and overpainting have created peeling, dripping layers that transform into abstract canvases when viewed up close. Sheer bliss for an abstract photographer!
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© Fay Henexson
Favorite Sites / Recents Reads
In the Moment: Michael Frye's Landscape Photography Blog
Carol Leigh photography blog
David du Chemin photography blog
Fine Art Landscape Photography of Seung Kye Lee
My Modern Met "where art enthusiasts and trend spotters connect over creative ideas"
Ian Plant Dreamscapes photography blog
William Neill's Light on the Landscape photoblog
Art Wolfe blog
Recently read, and highly recommended:
The creative habit (Twyla Tharp)
The museum of extraordinary things (Alice Hoffman)
Snow hunters (Paul Yoon)