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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being


"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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My studio mate has a large collection of whale bone, so I borrowed a
piece for these snapshots. I liked the "animate" quality of the
swarf, so I wanted to photograph it in an organic context. I'd liked
to redo these photos with proper lighting someday.
12th Jan 2007, 16:33   | tags:,

Euphro says:

That's great! From the thumbnail it looked like the fossil of some strange vertebrate :D

12th Jan 2007, 16:43

mtn_hermit says:

These are great, and I look forward to the shots with your preferred lighting.
I like H. R. Geiger's biomechanical style, and this reminded me strongly of that.

12th Jan 2007, 16:56

Geodyne says:

I was thinking the same thing, Euphro!

12th Jan 2007, 16:59

Viv says:

very imaginative - potetial here

12th Jan 2007, 17:02

MaggieD says:

There is a lot of swarf around the workshop at school, mainly copper, until the recent blogging of swarf, I have never looked at it from an 'artistic' point of view .... thanks for changing my perspective! .....

12th Jan 2007, 17:45

Caine says:

I was thinking Geiger too. Great shots! I like the top one especially.

12th Jan 2007, 20:26