January 23, 2013

Winter Light: Everyday Things

"Ah, how everyday things touch mysteries for us!"
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

"To restore silence is the role of objects."
                         Samuel Beckett, Molloy

"Even daily life should ultimately reach an essence that is akin to poetry."
                       Abbas Kiarostami, from Around Five: The Making of Five.

 "The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
                                                                                 Henry Miller

"Even a clod of dirt can be appreciated aesthetically if framed in the right way."

Winter's sharp indoor sunlight encourages noticing, and highlights ordinary things usually overlooked.
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  1. PA beautiful post and welcome this morning, thank you.

  2. Great reading and wonderful pictures for a cold winter's day. That shield (?) bug is lucky to be inside.

  3. Thanks, Ravenna and Lisa; I'm glad you enjoyed this post.
    That bug is lucky to be indoors, and now I have a couple of barn spiders in my living room, weaving a huge web; I can't ask them to go outdoors in this bitterly cold weather.

  4. Thanks for the gift of your soulful eye.

  5. As usual I love your photographs, especially the rug. And thanks for quoting me (in such good company!).


  6. Thanks for the nice comments, Julie and Tom.
    Tom, I took that photo just for your quote.

  7. Altoon, you have such great winter light coming in and so beautifully shared with your viewers...makes your lovely everyday objects glow with majesty. Also love the quotes you have selected to accompany the photos. I have got to put viewing your blog back into my schedule!