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Friday, January 30, 2015

Stay With Me

This post is dedicated to the memory of our friend and mentor Dr. Ian Jamieson (Shown on right of photo below)
1956 - 2015

Chariots of copper and silver –
Prows of silver and steel –
Ploughing the foam –
Rooting up stumps of the thorns.
The currents of the heath,
And the vast ruts of the ebb-tide,
Flow away in circles towards the east,
Towards the pillars of the forest,
Towards the posts of the jetty,
Whose angle is battered by whirlwinds of light.
By Arthur Rimbaud

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Artist's Choice

In the dead of a frigid Canadian winter and with limited opportunities to shoot nature, I find myself contemplating elixirs of warmth and creative vision with tried, tested and true approval of artists long before me.  From the beginning, absinthe had a sketchy reputation, and with some subscribers having open conversations with green fairies and the like - no wonder!  Nonetheless, time has vindicated wormwood 's active ingredient thujone as just another friendly herb in the brewing process and most informed countries have lifted the ban on this delicious herb infused magical green coloured liquor.  If you haven't tried it - well life is just too short.

Traditional ways of drinking absinthe are really beautiful and straightforward, but for the venturesome have a go at Ernest Hemmingways' "Death in the Afternoon" cocktail.  I'm going to!  Put an ounce of absinthe in a champaign glass and add iced champaign until the green absinthe has a milky louche.  Yummmm! Fuel for pure creative energy on a cold winter night.  I always appreciate the unique designer art on absinthe bottle labels that bears tremendous similarity to the genre of old style hair tonic bottles in men's barber shops!

If you live in the United States, you can find some of the best varieties through mail order reasonably priced at: 

"You can't keep track of each fallen robin."
Leonard Cohen - Chelsea Hotel

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Long Shadows and White Whirls of Light

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Remembrances of Summer

"It has been rediscovered.
What? -Eternity.
It’s the sea fused
With the sun."

"Elle est retrouvée.
Quoi? -L’Eternité.
C’est la mer allée
Avec le soleil."

Arthur Rimbaud

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wish I Had a WideLux

Jeff Bridges the movie actor, musician, artist and photographer describes his long relationship with a WideLux camera as living with a "fickle mistress."   Notoriously finicky, Widelux is a rare film camera with a funky fixed focus, ultra wide angle lens in 35mm or medium format that has been around for many decades most recently popularized by Ted Dwane, bassist for Mumford & Sons.  I want one!