"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 Golden Scales
I found this exquisite lizard in a stack of straw where it was perhaps basking in the warmth of the wintry sun that was naturally very mellow and smooth upon its scales. The brilliant sheen that emanated from its golden body made it look like all mantled with metallic armour. But the sharp eyes and the agile limbs gave it an invincible appearance. It could easily camouflage itself amidst the dry straws, but when something moved on the surface of the stack, and upon my probing into the curious movement, i met this!! The sight simply held me spellbound.
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