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The World, In Retreat. October 24, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Love and Death.
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Ah, the lushness of summer.  The fulsome green of the lawn springing back at every step, the torpid afternoons in a slow motion quest for shade.

And then, the crisp morning air and predictably ridiculous colors of autumn, sharp and fresh and visually alive like no other season of the year.

And now, this:

The leaves have largely taken flight, carpeting the ground and gutters and back roads with their faded forms, the yellows and reds resolving into ochers, self-composting into a faintly fetid film of veins and edges and visions of their past glory.

And the farms, the fields, the fertile lands, draining the suppleness from their delicate parts, stiffening, transforming their white noise rustle into a rattle of resistance and, finally, accepting that they are to return to the earth, become carbon and nitrogen and a part of next season’s promise.

The broad leaves of corn husks surrender to the season, opening wide to reveal their porcelain offering to The Next Time, when the moist soil and insistent sun will call them to do it all again:

[Elliot surprised me here with a twist of his eye and an unanticipated eight degrees of swing, planting his plane of sharp focus down along this deserving cornrow.

Nice job, Kid.]


1. Laura - October 24, 2011

That was beautiful. What a way with words….. 🙂


2. littlebangtheory - October 24, 2011

Laura, thanks! Those just kinda fell out as I looked at the photo I wanted to post. Ain’t it always like that?

3. susan - October 25, 2011

Not only are you a wonderful photographer but you are a true artist with language.

4. littlebangtheory - October 25, 2011

As One True Artist to another, I thank you. I couldn’t imagine a complement I valued more.

5. julianhoffman - October 27, 2011

A truly lovely post, “a part of next spring’s promise.” And the image is delicious and evocative, richly-hued. Thanks for this delightful excursion into words.

6. littlebangtheory - October 27, 2011

julian, considering the range of your experiences and photographic venues, this is a high complement. Thank you.

I sometimes think my evolution into being a photographer (of sorts) switched something in my brain so that I’m no longer word-centered.
I used to primarily write my political thoughts here, with results which usually surprised me in that they so hit the mark. But now I find that impossible, except in small bits which fall out when something aligns.

Oh well. I miss writing well and movingly, but I love learning something every week about how to see things and how to share that seeing.

7. julianhoffman - November 4, 2011

It’s funny, I used to write a lot and then got more interested in photography and stopped writing for a while. Then I returned to words and put down the camera. But then a strange and wonderful thing happened: without really thinking about it I began to understand how well the two complement each other, how they’re both a way of seeing and telling stories. And so I’ve come to love the elasticity of exploring two mediums and how they can play off each other. It’s a sensibility that I admire very much about your own work here, whether one day it’s words or images, or the next when they’re combined. Thanks for this little conversation!

8. littlebangtheory - November 4, 2011

You’re most welcome. 😉

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