Thursday, January 14, 2010

under the surface

I have been into many ... cathedrals -- grand, wonderful, mysterious. But I always leave them with a feeling of indignation because of the generations of human beings who have struggled in poverty to build these altars to the unknown god.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 -1902) social activist

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril."

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) author & philosopher

We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 15 january 1929-1968)

Nature is a burning and frigid, transparent and limited universe in which nothing is possible but everything is given.
Albert Camus (1913-1960) novelist, essayist and playwright

The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed,
Lets in new light through chinks that time has made.
Stronger by weakness, wiser men become,
As they draw near to their eternal home.

Edmund Waller (1606-1687) poet

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
Albert Schweitzer (b. 14 january 1875 -1965)

Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802 – 1838) novelist & poet

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone,

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) short story writer & poet

notes on photos:
  1. st. theodosius russian orthodox church this church is was featured in the wedding scene of the 1978 movie the deer hunter, I finally watched the movie this fall, after years of avoiding it. painful to watch, but doable -now, I can check that off my must see list. cleveland, august 2008
  2. one of the art cars that were toured the country last year. the surface of the car is covered with an incredible collection of 'treasures.' I haven't seen it, but I understand harrod blank made a documentary called automorphosis which gets under the surface of the people who transform autos into art. photo from a visit to the american visionary art museum, baltimore, august 2009
  3. skimming the surface of the cuyahoga river, cleveland, september 2008
  4. detail of the surface of piece from artist as quiltmaker xiii, oberlin 2009
  5. ms t looking out the window lakewood public library january 2009
  6. my street the winter of 2008, before it was resurfaced.
  7. reflections on the surface of a pond in oberlin, october 2008
  8. looking across the surface of lake erie towards cleveland, february 2009
  9. billboard, wales march 2003


the song under the surface by norwegian singer-songwriter marit larsen, from her debut album of the same name (2006)

30 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

I have seen few things as lovely and spiritually moving as that cathedral...no matter what one's belief.

I have to show the Wonder Husband that car...he's a car buff and that is car-art of another kind.

subby said...

I thought that church seemed familiar....

Love the "shell-shocked" car and the shot of Ms. T longing to go out is priceless! Happy TT kimy :)

Tom said...

butt...that was deep. Happy TT!

Brian Miller said...

the limo/herse is really cool. we have a car like that at the farmers market. the boys love to look and touch.

hoping to skate well.

b

Alan Burnett said...

As usual a wonderful collection of quotations and images : nobody does this approach to the weekly theme like you do. Happy TT.

Poetikat said...

Excellent photos! The one of the street looks very like mine - all potholes after the barrage of winter.

I left a comment with some info on your Sepia Saturday post, Kimy. Did you see it?

Kat

Kate Hanley said...

Once again great photos and those quotes really make me think. Happy TT!

California Girl said...

You had me with the first quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The cathedral ceiling is beyond incredible but her sentiment is true. I felt the exact same way when I traveled through western Europe and I visited one hell of alot of cathedrals, churches & of course, the Sistine.

willow said...

I love the quote by Albert Schweitzer. And the last photo was the most beautiful.

Roy said...

Great collection. Kim! I love the cathedral and the embroidery.

Mrsupole said...

Yes, the cathedral is awesome, but I too think my favorite is of Ms.T looking out and longing to go out and play in the snow. Well unless she was longing for spring to hurry up and get here. I love spring.

Just beautiful pics and beautiful quotes. Thank you again.

God bless.

Gary said...

Under the surface. Ha, I didn't think of that one. Beautiful photographs and well chosen quotes.

Wings said...

Wonderfully beautiful pics!!!

Betsy said...

Love the cathedral!

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ArtSparker said...

Perhaps Elizabeth Cady Stanton should have been in the Ferris Wheel with Harry Lime when he made his "cuckoo clock" speech. As always, I like the one with Ms. T the best, so quietly dramatic, pushing to get out and know the world through that invisible barrier which is protecting her from the elements.

Jill said...

I love the quiltmaker design...so complex...and of course, the PURE sweetnes of seeing ms t watching the snow fall...darling!

Dumdad said...

As always, a wonderful match-up of images and quotes.

Stephanie said...

I love the Sartre quote.

JeffScape said...

I'm aware that the last photo will be a tone-shift in the progression of your images, but it ALWAYS gets me.

;)

The Clever Pup said...

The "" could only be British, oh, wait, Welsh.

Skip Simpson said...

Great selection of quotes and images!

Mmm said...

I have to say i adore that photo. for many it was a labour of love in fact, building for future gens.

Baino said...

Some wonderful quotes there Ms Mouse and the pictures . .well it goes without saying. Loved the Welsh sign and have you read Ken Follet's 'Pillars of the Earth' great fictional insight into the building of a cathedral and the drama surrounding it.

Dreamhaven said...

Lovely photos and very interesting quotes.

rosedale's 4head said...

wow wow wow! great photos. love the one of Miss T (always). And the butt - now that's puttin it out there! miss blogworld. bebacksoon...

tony said...

Jeeze!That First Photo Makes Me Dizzy!

Betty said...

Loved your post. All the photos (and quotes) are wonderful, but that one of Ms T takes my breath away!

Megan said...

You are a great photographer.

lettuce said...

oh what a great collection

the car made me smile - I used to love those little knick-knacks encrusted with shells when I was a child...