Onophotopoeia

Some times even the most mundane of scenes, the most commonplace of faces or the most trivial of objects prove to be a cradle of beauty...unleashing new meanings when looked at again and again. The true magic of photography lies in the fact that we can capture the fleeting moments to revisit them...to listen to the music that the image resounds... Onophotopoeia...

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Wouldn't we miss him?...

Oh where are you now
pussy willow that smiled on this leaf?
When I was alone you promised the stone from your heart
my head kissed the ground
I was half the way down, treading the sand
please, please, lift a hand
I'm only a person whose armbands beat
on his hands, hang tall
won't you miss me?
Wouldn't you miss me at all?

The poppy birds way
swing twigs coffee brands around
brandish her wand with a feathery tongue
my head kissed the ground
I was half the way down, treading the sand
please, please, please lift the hand
I'm only a person with Eskimo chain
I tattooed my brain all the way...
Won't you miss me?
Wouldn't you miss me at all?

--Syd Barrett (1946-2006)

A small tribute to the unforgettable Madcap and his mercurial ways.

"Come on you target for faraway laughter,
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr,
And shine..."

Friday, July 07, 2006

Road to ecstasy...

So then, beach, bluff, and wave, farewell !
I bear with me
No token stone nor glittering shell,
But long and oft shall Memory tell
Of this brief thoughtful hour of musing by the Sea.

- Taken from John Whittier's "Hampton Sea"

Shot at Kitty Hawk Beach, NC

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Inter-terra...

I had been planning to visit Luray Caverns, VA for a long time. I had heard aplenty about the wonders of the place, yet I had not imagined anything like what actually greeted me. The privately owned caverns begins from an unassuming entrance situated almost in the middle of nowhere. The exterior however belies the unbelievable natural architecture cradled deep inside the caverns many feet below the surface. In spite of being the fourth longest caverns in the world, Luray Caverns has been hailed as the one housing the most diverse and exquisite formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Some of the formations are simply unbelievable...like the one pictured above. The authorities have also gone to great lengths to amplify the wonderous natural creations...some parts of the caverns are filled with water and illuminated in such a way that the formations in the ceiling are perfectly reflected from the water surface, thus increasing the sense of awe manifold!
The above photograph was shot in such a place inside the caverns...I leave it up to the viewer to deduce the boundary between the actual and the reflection...or maybe I should say the real and the surreal!