Friday, July 31, 2009

Through a Glass Darkly
























































































































We see. But we do not see.










post scriptum

I debated whether or not to include any explanatory notes. My best instincts were not to - but you can be the judge.

I must apologize to those who may find it disconcerting that the safety net of captions is largely absent on this page. My feeling was that the main title was strong enough to carry the weight.

I first encountered the phrase "Through a glass, darkly" when studying Ingmar Bergman's films. In fact, one of his films bears that name.

It's origin can be traced to Corinthians (1 Corinthians 13:12). It signifies that humans understand, but they do not truly understand.

43 comments:

  1. Your photographs are really fantastic...

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  2. I think it is great to think about what my captions would be. The first photo would be "shining through fear" ..it's all about personal inspiration and interpretation. I love what you do. (I am presently working my way through Bergman's films via Netflix.)

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  3. As suas imagens continuam a contar histórias...eu gosto das sensações por elas provocadas,,

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  4. Very interesting photos and certainly fit well with the caption...

    I think, at least sometimes, the real problem is we see what we want to see...our perception is colored by our desires or our preconceptions...

    Provocative post!

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  5. If we all could see with an open mind, then the world would be a much better place. Letting everybody write their own captions was a great idea because this way, everyone will see something different. I bet Angelina sees LOVE when she looks at you:)

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  6. Having read more than five yards of books about childrean in German, half of that distance Greek books, along with many others about philosophy and alike, doesn't help me much to see what my small son sees everyday, being able to surprise me time and again.
    Am so glad of not being able to see that.
    Am glad to have found your site, which provides amazing photography, one doesn't see every day. Please have a nice weekend.

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  7. Amazing pictures, especially the first one. Can I tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog? I just love it.

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  8. it may be a cliche but your pictures paint a thousand words that you need not title them or put a caption. they are all great pieces of art!

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  9. Interesting pictures to reflect what we see or do not see :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend Prospero!

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  10. We are predisposition to judge the world through our limited spectrum of sensual abilities. You sure are able to widen it - you see more - you create more. Love the stream of light coming from the dark flower! The lizard /is this what it is?/ is very cute and blending with the nature - I wonder what the lizard sees?

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  11. I always enjoy your captions and find them intriguing. Plus, they make it easier to talk about the images separately. Looking at this post as a whole, Einstein's quote comes to mind, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."

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  12. captions ca be a safety net, but not yours, usually - your tend to require a further stretch, a leap of imagination and feeling.

    i do agree the title can carry the series. in fact i think it could carry your blog, which has always felt to be about a different way of seeing the 'ordinary' around us - looking deeper, and therefore always finding beauty (yes i'm back to that :)

    have a good weekend, my dear

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  13. So amazing shots all,
    they are fantastic as always ;)

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  14. With or without captions doesn't matter much with your pictures. They tickle minds and allow minds to visualise and comprehend.

    Cheers,
    ~bangchik

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  15. I love in the first image, seems like light irradiates from the center of the flower, excellent pictures.
    Greetings!

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  16. I like the idea of leaving it up to the viewers imagination to fill the caption. If I had to help you with your explanatory notes I would name the first one 'Galaxy'. It's quite absorbing.

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  17. I did feel on my own, but that was nice! I like looking through that glass and seeing light and wonder.

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  18. The phrase makes me think of when there was (I think) an eclipse of the sun when I was quite young, and the teacher made us look through smoked glass.

    I like the orange-gold image, it is so full of joy.

    Perceiving too much wondrousness would consume us, I suppose. But one does long to!

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  19. your images absolutely stand fine alone, no words needed. BUT your words are fantastically creative. Fun to see you do what feels right to you. I love the colors and textures.

    Spirithelpers

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  20. You've done it again - I mean you've put again such a great pack of photos and the last comment is superb.
    Thanks
    Have a nice time - I'm leaving for a week, but will join you as soon as I'm back home:)

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  21. I thought something was missing till I got to the P.S. Your photos still made me think...about the captions! So true about seeing/not seeing. Also about seeing from our own point of view rather than what the author/photographer had intended...Food for thought.

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  22. ah, dear dear Prospero - i wonder what it is about you and your photographs which makes me come back to Blake again and again. now it is his famous:

    "We are led to believe a lie / When we see with not through the eye"

    that comes to my mind. And thus continuing our dialogue: seeing only with the eye, reality as it is perceived through our senses, leads to blindness, because then we don't really see, we can't reach beyond, to that essence which is truth (and beauty? as Keats would want us to believe). Can the camera help us see 'through the eye', open for us a realm of spiritual encounter? when i look at your pictures, it seems it can. and then the silence surrounding the images deepens (the silence which your words also let reverberate, when they are present, in a mysterious way).

    and now looking yet again at the first two pictures, i think of:

    To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
    And Eternity in an hour.

    which is perhaps what your entire Garden is about, no, Prospero?

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  23. Most pics look like abstract paintings, which is fabulous, so, no need for subtitles. Very clever adaptation of Bergman's movie title.

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  24. Love your blog header. Love your photography.
    Cal x

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  25. hello Prospero..:)
    je ne sais pas si j'ai bien compris l'essentiel..
    j'aime rendre avec la photographie irréelles les choses qui au départ sont parfaitement concrètes..
    et après on voit une chose abstraite issue pourtant de quelque chose de très défini...
    l'oeil voit le réel et l'esprit transforme la matière ...vos photos sont comme ça presque abstraites, suggestives...elles laissent l'esprit faire son travail...
    c'est très agréable ...une subtile finesse émane de vos images...j'apprécie beaucoup votre recherche de sensations...
    la photo du lézard est superbe...
    j'aime beaucoup les capillaires délicats...bravo ....c'est beau...:)

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  26. From your second photo (shadow)... transition to the next photo, it is like seeing the light and feel the comfort of God on the third one.
    << Psalm 23:4 >> Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

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  27. I love the third and seventh shots!

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  28. no caption need in these images of light and dark

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  29. All of your shots are fantastic; I have a hard time deciding which ones to comment on each time I catch a new post in my Google Reader. You have a style all your own. I like the mysterious captions.

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  30. Thought provoking...great photography.

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  31. The somewhat overused quotation "One picture is worth a thousand words" springs to mind. With a good title additional text is very often unnecessary. Too many photoblogs drown in unnecessary text.

    Keep it up!

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  32. Beautiful series yet again. The very first photo really caught my eye ... because I see a very striking, very ethereal HEART shaped out of light.

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  33. Outstanding!!!Especially the one of the anole.
    Without the captions,I found myself focusing more on the photos.I agree with RuneE. Dometimes text takes away from the photo.

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  34. ogni tua fotografia comunica alla nostra anima mille sensazioni...complimenti!

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  35. I agree whole heartedly!! In all you get, get understanding..

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  36. Beautiful, I love the title of your post and your following explanation. Very interesting and meaningful. Your images are stunning as usual!

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  37. Beautiful. The snaps are very different from what has been so far.

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  38. Great shots.
    Loved the focus points.

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  39. Lovely photo's but I for one miss the thought provoking titles. Angelina looks sad give her a cuddle for me.

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  40. Prospero. I think you have to do what sounds right for you. Sometimes it is good to let it open and everybody can interpret their own. Usually your captions are so accurate it leads the mind on. The tiny lizard is tearing my heartstrings and no doubt about Angelina's eyes. Great post.

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  41. I would like to pass along AN AWARD THAT i RECEIVED FROM Bhavesh Chhatrbar. Please pick it up from my blog. Then please pass it along to 10 people that you feel are worthy of it. Share it with your little Angelina. She would be proud of it to.

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