Notes to Self

The past few posts have been about Occupy Central.

After all, we could only occupy what’s central to our hearts.

This post is a change of pace.

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I’ve talked about a few sights on the campus where I work in this post.

It’s a 20-minute walk down the hill from my office and it gives me time to think about what I’m doing and where I’m going in terms of my poetry, photography, research and teaching.

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We all need space to dwell and grow.

I’m grateful to be where I am, in an unpretentious and authentic space, in service of a community I feel committed to.

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Once in a while, you need to be empty in order to be filled.

So yes, I’ll need to fill up that container eventually (figuratively speaking).

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And find a sense of balance.

Sometimes, I take a 5-minute detour and I’ll see this on my way home.

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That red flower is beautiful, but it is beautiful not in itself, but in where it is.

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And 5 minutes later, I’ll see this.

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We swim in the pond in which we find ourselves.

And in every moment there is a painterly harmony to be sought.

This is what I’m looking for in my photographs and in my work in general, and what I’m looking for in myself.

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35mm F 1.4 Nokton Classic SC

Film: Fuji Natura 1600

 

 

 

 

 

Tranquillity

We all need to walk.

I have done this walk so many times now, that some of these images are lodged in my mind.

We all know how our external environments organize our internal state.

In a crowded shopping mall, we’re all a bit tense.

Look at water and we relax.

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We all need a depository of homely images in our mind.

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So we feel at home even outside of home.

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There’s a story of a family here waiting to be told.

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Just a little narrative.

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A little space.

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A scattering of things telling us who we are.

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Just a little window to the world. A little insight.

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A safe harbor.

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And we’re home.