Thursday, August 20, 2009

shadows and light

Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)monk, writer, photographer

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) dramatist, playwright and poet

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) author, mathematician, & philosopher

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of a child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis

A friend is someone who dances with you in the sunlight, And walks with you in the shadows.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) poet, novelist, human rights activist

God appears, and God is Light,
To those poor souls who dwell in Night;
But does a Human Form display
To those who dwell in realms of Day.

William Blake (1757 - 1827) English engraver, illustrator, & poet

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) poet

notes on photos:
  1. self portrait snapped while wandering along a (well marked) country road somewhere in the lehigh valley, pennsylvania, may 2008
  2. steel road supports, chicago, october 2007
  3. detail of agora a monumental sculptural installation of 106 iron cast figures in grant park by magdalena abakanowicz chicago october 2007
  4. playground, cleveland june 2009
  5. a portrait of two friends in liberty ny, may 2008
  6. sax musician viewed from atop the centre pompidou, paris, october 2005
  7. henry moore sculpture as part of the exhibit "moore in america" at the new york botanical garden, august 2008
  8. family portrait. ever since em was a little girl we have been taking shadow portraits this one was taken somewhere in washington state, august 1999
joni of course! what other song could I possibly have chosen?

10 AM addendum: I can't believe I forgot to include a stanza (or two) from one of my favorite childhood poems, my shadow by robert louis stevenson. well here is an audio version of the poem in it's entirety - I was hoping there would have been a version of stevenson performing it himself, since stevenson lived in the last half of the 19th century, I guess that would be asking for a lot!


Meri said...

FABULOUS pictures. Of course I'm biased, loving the interplay of light and shadows as I do. Did I tell you that after your recommendation, I tracked down a photo workshop with Jan Phillips? It's in October. I'm so excited!

Kris said...

I like a good shadow now and again.

Baino said...

As usual you've 'pipped' me. Gorgeous and I love the shadow family portrait.

mum said...

All this and Magdalena Abakanowicz, too? I've been in the presence of her work three times in my life - transformative isn't too strong a word to describe those experiences. (Should you ever have a chance to see her huge woven pieces - the abakans - or her drawings or her War Games or... :-)

thanks for posting. (I love all the photos and quotes you posted; but my favorites are the structural one and the playground serpentine (and yesterday's quote by Mary Anne Evans aka George Eliot).

cheers from Graulhet, kim.

tony said...

WOW! A Superior Set !Shadows Rule!

Candie Bracci said...

Cool!I love the shadow of the guy playing saxo!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Kimy, I love the first image and quote. The tangent and intangible. A Solitary shadow is much more identifiable than a mass...there must be mountains of books on this. -Jayne

Anonymous said...

kimy, awesome pics, especially the second one...whoa! And of course, the Shakepeare and Hugo quotes! And Alan did a "photo interpretation" of the Joni Mitchell song, so now we have both :) Too cool!

Brian Miller said...

great pics. my fav is the street performer, but there is such fun play in the shadow of the playground.

Roy said...

Great collection of photos as usual. And I'd never heard that particular Joni Mitchell song; interesting.

willow said...

These were great shadow shots. And I especially liked the quote by Anonymouse. :^)

Betsy said... always! I look forward to your photos every Thursday!

R.J. Edwards said...

Amazing pictures. Love the two guys sitting on the fence.

Alan Burnett said...

We chose the same song - but you had pictures as well. Great post.

ArtSparker said...

The crowd of feet is fascinating, and I particularly like the sax player.

Megan said...

I'd like to sit on that fence in Liberty some day.

Marianna said...

What a great idea to take shadow-y portraits! Great pics!


Tom said...

Anonymouse? And who would that be? Your's is always the most picturesque and intelligent posting! Yay!

Nancy said...

This was wonderful - all of your pictures and quotes were just perfect.

Coffee Messiah said...

Very nice and hope all is well your way ; )

lettuce said...

the 6th photo is superb

and love the people pics of course. LG and I had fun with shadows on the beach in Jersey, maybe I'll do this Theme belatedly after all...

Wings said...

Great stuff - Love the playground pic!

Steve said...

Amazing pics, Kim! I especially love the Henry Moore sculpture and the saxophonist. Wish I'd taken those! :)

And of course, who doesn't love Joni??