Right now I’m in the eye of the hurricane, so I can take a quick break from a big project at work. So, before the rest of the “storm” hits, I’m going to jump into this week’s photo challenge. My shots are eclectic–some taken in Italy and others in the United States. But in all of them, the landscape (urban or rural) is the key feature.
You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.–Woodrow Wilson
To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.
― Ansel Adams
It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ Most travelers hurry too much…the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling…you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you’ll be there.”
― Lawrence Durrell,
It was only in an urban landscape, amid straight lines and architecture, that she could situate herself in human time and history.― Ruth Ozeki,
In winter you wake up in this city, especially on Sundays, to the chiming of its innumerable bells, as though behind your gauze curtains a gigantic china teaset were vibrating on a silver tray in the pearl-gray sky. You fling the window open and the room is instantly flooded with this outer, peal-laden haze, which is part damp oxygen, part coffee and prayers.–Joseph Brodsky
Where do you feel more at home? In the urban landscape or rural? In your native country or a distant land?
As for me, I feel at home in urban areas and in Italy–a country where I have deep family ties.
Have a great week, everyone!