"A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stencilled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask."
Susan Sontag (1933- ); in New York Review of Books 23June, 1977
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The Universe of Sparks
Human faculty of imagination is a potent organization
founded on meditation and perception [one’s perspective] where apparently dis-organized
elements are given harmony and pattern and motif and definiteness. To the
imaginative the visible world is a mere admixture of random colours thrown on a
white page by a small child who is gradually getting experienced in the art of
painting: the banal. To such a powerful mind that works most effectively in
solitude, the sphere that stays not visible and tangible to the regular senses
of ours is full of harmony and shape. And though it seems inchoate initially,
meditation and union with one’s inner self can yield the Sparks that are always
already there—here and everywhere; within and without—show themselves up just
as a tree bears fruit when the correct time and effort ripen[s].
Suman Das [1st July, 2017; 9:54am]
P.S.: This is a real photograph and not a photoshop-work as
it might appear.
Very few insects are perhaps more beautiful than the
butterflies. The wings with all their colourful patterns do cast a magical
spell on the eyes that see them. When the early-morning dews cling to them they
look colourfully decked in exquisite pearls, and who can then fail to look at
them admiringly? File size: 3.30mb