"Have you ever noticed that when you truly appreciate something or someone, it’s almost as if the space between you disappears for a short while? In a way, you become one with it, simply by being present. If you see something amazingly beautiful, like a new type of flower or animal, for a moment there’s just this sheer awe;but then someone tells you its name, and from that moment on whenever you look at it again the name immediately pops into your mind. So, when I photograph, I go back to that state of not-knowing, just pure childlike awe.
This silent connection with the subject is the most important ingredient I’m looking for in every image. It may be a withered leaf, a flower, a human-being or a pet, but this fundamental ingredient must always be there. Ideally, I try to interpret this connection into my images and transfer that to the viewers.”
I behold the one common substratum in all things (a piece of wood, a beautiful woman, a mountain, a blade of grass, ice and fire and space)…
Came across this tiny leaf (about half an inch long), surrounded by some moss, and couldn’t help thinking of Gulliver. So I decided to call it ‘Voyage to Lilliput’.
Here’s a quote to go along:
“Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.”
― Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
"How can the mind which has created the world accept it as unreal? That is the significance of the comparison made between the world of the waking state and the dream world. Both are creations of (imagined within) the mind, and so long as the mind is engrossed in either, it finds itself unable to deny their reality.
It cannot deny the reality of the dream world while it is dreaming, and it cannot deny the reality of the waking world while it is awake. If, on the other hand, you draw your hand completely from the world, and turn it within and abide there, that is, if you always keep awake to the Self (consciousness) which is the substratum (source) of all experiences, you will find the world of which you are now aware is just as unreal as the world in which you lived in your dream (during sleep at night).”
~Sri Ramana Maharshi (From the “Maharshi’s Gospel”, Chapter III, “The Jnani and the World”)
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
~Max Ehrmann, excerpted from Desiderata.
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