Alone – with each other

“Think of this — that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and that they were alone with each other “

– A. S. Byatt

 

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Woman Reading by Gertrude Käsebier (May 18, 1852 – October 12, 1934)
Woman Reading by Gertrude Käsebier (May 18, 1852 – October 12, 1934)

 

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Leonard Freed – Jerusalem 1967

 

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Simone de Beauvoir at les Deux Magots Paris 1944 Robert Doisneau
Simone de Beauvoir at les Deux Magots Paris 1944 by Robert Doisneau

 

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Paula – Sunlight and shadows, Berlin 1889 by Alfred Stieglitz

 

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To whom shall I speak today?

To whom shall I speak today?

People willingly accept evil and goodness is cast to the ground everywhere.

Those who should enrage people by their wrongdoing

make them laugh at their evil deeds.

People plunder and everyone seizes his or her neighbour’s goods.

To whom shall I speak today?

The one doing wrong is an intimate friend and the brother with whom one used to deal is an enemy.

No one remembers the past and none return the good deed that is done.

Brothers and sisters are evil

and people turn to strangers for righteousness or affection.

To whom shall I speak today?

Faces are empty and all turn their faces from their brothers and sisters.

 Hearts are great with greed

and there is no heart of a man or woman upon which one might lean.

None are just or righteous and the land is left to the doers of evil.

To whom shall I speak today?

There are no intimate friends

and the people turn to strangers to tell their troubles.

None are content and those with whom one used to walk no longer exist.

I am burdened with grief and have no one to comfort me.

There is no end to the wrong which roams the earth. 

Papyrus 3024 from the Berlin Museum, referred to as “Man in conversation with his Ba (Soul)” dating from XII Dynasty Egypt (approx 1991-1783 bc)

Photo: Dr Feri Angerer 1908 Thames Embankment
Photo: Dr. Feri Angerer Thames Embankment 1908

Throw your dreams into space like a kite

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” Anais Nin

René Burri Lac de Wahn, Berlin-Ouest 1961

René Burri Lac de Wahn, Berlin-West 1961

Obstacle or Opportunity

Childhood is that state which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity

MICHAEL K WILLIAMS

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Shirley Baker 1964

Every step we take on earth brings us to a new world – Federico Garcia Lorca

 

After the Rain, 1930_s, Pál Kaczur

After the Rain, 1930’s, Pál Kaczur

Every step we take on earth
brings us to a new world.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA

There is only one of you in all time – keep the channel open

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Image by Edward Steichen, Martha Graham 1931

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.  The world will not have it.  It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.  You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.  Keep the channel open. 
 Martha Graham

Persistent Intuition

 

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
Honore De Balzac

photos Karl Blossfeldt

source http://www.ipoxstudios.com/karl-blossfeldt-and-his-artistic-representation-of-nature/

Listen With a Still Heart

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Above all, he learned from it how to listen, to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions. — Herman Hesse, Siddhartha