Indian dals & sourdough breads
I did an on-line retreat in January. It used photography as a way of working with our attention in a mindful way. i enjoyed the experience. There was no requirement to be an expert with a camera. the above photograph was taken on an assignment to snap photographs on a daily walk. the main guidance was that the photo should not be composed and indeed we were encouraged to not even stop still. as you can imagine, many blurred and uninspiring photos ensued... thank goodness for digital cameras. And yet... a few images did arise which I really liked. This was taken with a cheap compact in an underpass on the way to work. I have not photoshopped the colours and the pastels-like quality - it ensued from the low light and hand shake. I saw a gentleman ahead carrying a brief case and entering the light at the end of the tunnel. :)
I just noticed 'you do not have to be good' made me stop and think. I like this photo and its colours, It has something of the stillness and emptiness of an Edward Hopper painting.
"You do not have to be good" works on a number of levels for me... But it is also the first line of a Mary Oliver poem "wild geese"You do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.You only have to let the soft animal of your bodylove what it loves.Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.Meanwhile the world goes on.Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rainare moving across the landscapes,over the prairies and the deep trees,the mountains and the rivers.Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,are heading home again.Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,the world offers itself to your imagination,calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–over and over announcing your placein the family of things.
Thank you, I didn't know that poem. It is very beautiful.