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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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Toronto Mannequins

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25th Jun 2009, 21:57   | tags:

EJ says:

Great series

25th Jun 2009, 22:20

Caine says:

Fabulous series! 5th shot faved.

25th Jun 2009, 22:23

mara says:

top one is incredible

25th Jun 2009, 22:39

Viv says:

what an interesting exhibition - yes the adjustable mannequin is wonderful

26th Jun 2009, 00:50

nige says:

These are so fascinating, and I love the contrast in that fifth image.

26th Jun 2009, 10:59

factotum says:

Thanks for the HL! Beth and Dan have gone back to Toronto, and I've started sorting my photographs from there. I suddenly realized that, for some reason, I had a lot of photos of mannequins.
I like the little fawn; he was on the stairs leading up to a second floor hat shop on Queen Street W.

26th Jun 2009, 12:46

taniwha says:

Number three and five for me for sheer juxtaposition. I'm like you - I find that over the years I have lots of photos of the same kind of things that I must put together in a series.

26th Jun 2009, 13:59

swamprose says:

brilliant...and it was so good having you here.

26th Jun 2009, 15:03

Orbit says:

Like them all

26th Jun 2009, 15:04

minushabens says:

;) compliments for HL!

26th Jun 2009, 18:40