Photography has always been a hobby of mine. When I first bought a digital camera, I began taking thousand of photos. I never shared my work with anyone, but rather stored them for my own personal viewing. As technology makes sharing these images easier, I began posting my visual musing to sites like Instagram. It never occurred to me to share my photography on my blog.
Then, one day, my site was hacked. This incident was devastating. My site was injected with some type of malicious code, and no one could seem to fix the issue. I had to fix it myself, and in my ignorance, I caused a lot of additional damage. As I navigated through CSS code and deleted what I determined to be intruding segments of text, I crashed my site several times. Then, every single post I’ve ever written was altered, with strange symbols inserted between sentences. To see years of my work tarnished with random illegible characters and wiped clean from every search engine was disheartening.
Slowly, I’ve been repairing the damage. Yet the sheer amount of time required to edit old posts, re-organize content, and teach myself coding took me away from writing. I had been robbed of the time to create new and interesting posts.
Out of frustration, I wondered if there was a quicker way for me to release my creative energy. The idea came to me to post my photographs with quotes or text that inspired me. I thought it would be a way to keep the momentum going. I could still be creative while repairing the damage.
This has become one of my favorite series on my blog. All of the photographs are by me. I hope you enjoy them!
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.”
– Sonnet 116
Open & Unshaped | “What could – what should – be done with all the time that lies ahead of us, open and unshaped? Feather light in its freedom, and lead heavy in its uncertainty. Is it a wish, dreamlike and nostalgic, to stand once again at that point in life and be able to take a completely different direction, to the one that has made us who we are?” – Pascal Mercier
Leave | “We leave something of ourselves behind, when we leave a place, we stay there even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We travel to ourselves when we go to a place where we have covered a stretch of our life, no matter how brief it may have been. But by traveling to ourselves, we must confront our own loneliness. And isn’t it so everything we do is done out of fear of loneliness? Isn’t that why we renounce all the things we will regret at the end of our lives?” – Pascal Mercier
Snow | “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” – Lewis Carroll
The Day to Come | “Perhaps the day may come when we shall remember these sufferings with joy.” – Virgil
Winter | “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
Rain | “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” Langston Hughes
Connected | “But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” – Alan Watts
Landscape | “The mind is the only landscape that can change itself.” – Margaret A. Boden
Wings | “Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” Victor Hugo
“When you plant seeds in the
garden, you don’t dig them up
every day to see if they have
sprouted yet. You simply water
them and clear away the weeds;
you know that the seeds will grow
in time. Similarly, just do your daily
practice and cultivate a kind heart.
Abandon impatience and instead be
content creating the causes for
goodness; the results will come
when they’re ready.”
– Thubten Chodron –
Why search in vain / in every door in which we will not exist / because we have not yet arrived?
That is how I found out / that I was exactly like you / and like the whole world.
– Pablo Neruda
Transformation | “He had been persecuted and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say he was the most beautiful of all the birds. Even the elder-tree bent down its bows into the water before him, and the sun shone warm and bright. Then he rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart, ‘I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling.’”- Hans Christian Andersen
Solitude | “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.
And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.
And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.”
Fearless | “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”- Sarah Williams
The Beginning | “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning. ” – Louis L’Amour