Thursday, 24 February 2011

ᕱ moving on with a lighter heart ᕱ

Mehindi

grounding feet

palace ghosts

Rangoli

from here to there

tower of embellish

grinding me down

"For now she need not think about anybody. She could be herself, by herself.
And that was what now she often felt the need of - to think; well, not even to think.
To be silent, to be alone. 


All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, 
with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge shaped core of darkness, 
something invisible to others.


Although she continued to knit, and sat upright, it was thus that she felt herself; and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.
When life sank down for a moment, the range of experience seemed limitless...
Beneath it is all dark, it is all spreading, it is unfathomably deep; but now and again we rise to the surface and that is what you see us by.


Her horizon seemed to her limitless."


from To The Lighthouse-Virginia Woolf
quoted from A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

I am preparing to leave India for Nepal. Next Wednesday sees me moving on.

Never
Ending
Peace
And
Love (apparently)

Here I come.

Nervous
Excited
Packing
Anxious
Looking forward to moving on

I already know the internet connection is going to be terrible,
so, bear with me my friends, I will be back.



7 comments:

mise said...

The rising to the surface, brief and illusory, that could be ourselves and our blogging posts. How ahead of her time she was. Good luck on your onward travels!

Anna Watkins said...

Lou, I love how you're photographs keeps on re-inventing the same places and things over and over again, but with a different viewpoint, mood and style. It's really brilliant and a real talent! I love watching and reading, and Mysore Palace looks almost better in the distance from street level! Can't wait for pictures from Nepal!

Sarah said...

Beautiful pictures! I hope you enjoy Nepal.

New
exciting
places
and
lives-

for you to explore!

Lizzie said...

Wonderful photos - your pictures are always so atmospheric and you're good at distilling the essence of a place, a thing or a moment.
Rather like that Virginia Woolf quote really.
But don't you find that, after the smallness and turning in onto yourself, comes a re-awakening and opening up to the world again? Perhaps that is what will happen as you leave for Nepal...
I wish you a safe trip and happy arrival. Hopefully we'll hear from you from time to time - otherwise, be happy and keep well!

suzie said...

have a wonderful, energising and uplifting experience my friend xx

Francesca said...

beautiful words, so apt. excited for you moving on. don't worry, it will be wonderful. x

Ginny said...

wow - its amazing to log in and find the refelctor on my paintings is away somewhere amazing, and posting the most deeply moving text and images. I am moved to a big lump in my throat. Oh to write as eloquently and beautifully... enjoy, look forward to reading more. Go well (as they say in south africa)