The explication of the essence of a thing by its kind and
difference; a short description of a thing by its properties.
Dictionary definitions listed here are taken from either
Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language 1755
or The Oxford English Dictionary 1971
Here, therefore, we must enquire after a new principle of
pleasure, which is nothing else but the action of the mind
which compares ideas that arise from the words.
JOSEPH ADDISON 1712
To build: to construct
To forge; to devise falsely
In relation to intellectual matters forming correct opinions or notions;
sound in discernment; wisely critical
The exclamation (I have found it) uttered by Archimedes when he
discovered the means of determining the proportion of base metal
in Hiero’s golden crown.
Lost centuries of local lives that rose
And flowered to fall short where they began
Seem now to reassemble and unclose,
All resurrected in this single span
UNCOLLECTED POEMS 1981
CAMUS – images outside a series
He seems to lack the basic emotions and reactions that are required of him.
He observes the facts of life and death from the outside. Even when he is
involved in a personal tragedy which results in a frightening and unjust trial,
he considers his own feelings and the actions of others with a calm and
almost ironic truthfulness.
Synopsis from Penguin Modern Classics 1961 referring to
ALBERT CAMUS, THE OUTSIDER 1942
Blue brilliant from dead starless skies,
And gold that lies behind the eyes,
The unknown unnameable sightless white
That is the essential flame of night
RUPERT BROOKE 1911
The illusion satisfied by the camera, intution and an ideal vision arrive together but fleetingly. The creative spark once ignited is impossible to ignore and in these portraits there lives imagination and an intimate warmth which beguiles and bedazzles, cajoles and discreetly whispers to both the mind and they eye.
These enigmatic images invigorate the unspoken alchemy between photographer and muse such that even the most consummate artist with a brush might be diffident to draw a comparison.
Recognition is based on knowledge; familiarity is based on feeling;
but neither entails the other.
THE MIND’S EYE 2010
Congenial, charming, relaxed and happy whilst on-camera
Chance is electrifying with an innate ability to switch on her smile at
the blink of an eye.
Espying the brick built arch in the fields I chose a day with flat light – definitely not a day for landscapes nor much else – which ideally suited the task at hand to ensure that intrusive shadows from the construct itself would be kept to a minimum.
Old brick presents a wealth of interesting facets and the 1057 numbered arch in rural Essex is no exception. By using different lenses and different viewpoints – from both sides of the arch – and mindful of not only the classic shape, but also the weathered wooden gate there was much to inspire.
That there are clearly defined sections within the brickwork and that the background, primarily of sky is framed by the hard edges of the arch ably assisted in the processing of the image in segments.
The reassembled jigsaw – such as it was – then processed as a whole has provided some memorable images.
Frame 41 and its variations was an obvious choice and in the way it has been finally rendered. The simple shape in almost silhouette against a light sky simply meant reinforcing what was already there.
A stabilising wire and all background detail has been removed but the form in essence almost skeletal, is simple, and arrests the eye. Any number of colourways are therefore achieveable without detracting from the whole.
Given that this image was taken when winter was giving way to spring (upon the cusp of new beginnings), by retaining the small amount of fresh leaf – nature at its most inventive growing in such inhospitable surroundings – the merest hint of softness has added another dimension to an otherwise stark man-made design.
Even the unshapeliest lineaments
Of wild and fleeting visions
Have left a record there
To testify of earth
In constant motion to the point of agitation giving full
meaning to a cat on a hot tin roof. When Donovan brings out the model
inside she adopts the lithe, sensual, fluid pose of the feline.
The making of the English landscape is varied; the vanishing point may not be the sole arbiter of either success nor of true definition and likewise another focal point may be just that, a determinator to engage the viewer upon first glance and thus allowing perusal of the whole with upcast eye and tender pondering.
JOHN KEATS 1817
Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 1609
Caught from the early sobbing of the morn,
The clouds were pure and white as flocks new shorn,
And fresh from the clear brook; sweetly they slept
On the blue fields of heaven, and then there crept
A little noiseless noise among the leaves,
Born of the very sigh that silence heaves;
For not the faintest motion could be seen
Of all the shades that slanted o’er the green
JOHN KEATS 1817
Simply blurs the line from off to on camera rapidly switching her
persona to suit. Starr has a marvellous ability to engage the camera with
her pose whilst happily discussing the world.
Still nursing the unconquerable hope
Still clutching the inviolable shade
With a free onward impulse brushing through
By night, the silver’d branches of the glade
MATTHEW ARNOLD 1853
ART MAY BE RED BUT DOES IT FLY
Born of the very sigh that silence heaves
Thy roses came to me
My sense with their deliciousness was spell’d:
Soft voices had they, that with tender plea
Whisper’d of peace, and truth, and friendliness unquell’d
JOHN KEATS 1816
Voluminous of hair, diminutive of stature she is almost
overlooked but give Morgan the limelight and her personality brims
through her eyes.
Petite and particular but a temptress in heels when she dons
her on-camera visage. Feisty Lucan becomes whoever is required, she
is the same person twice over.
Like a mask of self pain
Confronts and then dies
Don’t walk away
JOY DIVISION 1979
Of spring, of hope, and love, and youth, and gladness
Wind-winged emblem! brightest, best and fairest!
Mark what radiant state she spreads,
In circle round her shining throne,
Shooting her beams like silver threads,
This, this is she alone