“Peace and an hour’s time — given these, one creates. Emotional heights are easily attained; peace and time are not.”
From approximately 1920 until 1934, Edward Weston rose early in the morning and wrote down his thoughts in what he called his “day book.” I have been doing something similar for the past six or seven years, capturing a stream of consciousness in words and images. My daily practice is to rise between 4 and 5 AM, review news articles, photography articles, write, process images. Between 6 and 7 AM, if the weather is not foul, I head out to make pictures of what catches my attention as I walk around town. I then stop at a local coffee shop and write in my journal.
I have been posting my writings and the fruit of my daily photo walks daily for the past year. I plan to continue for as long as the effort makes sense to me. This website is the latest iteration of that online posting effort. Dip in and out as you feel compelled, leave a note if you are inspired to. I will be here for the foreseeable future.
I live in a culture that values individualism and the “exceptional” individual above all others. A culture that deplores the average, the “lives of quiet desperation” that most of us supposedly live. Alright, during the administration of 45, and especially during the pandemic, I am living a life of desperation, and because I am who I am, it is quiet desperation. But that is another story. …