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Photography and the other arts in relation to society and the soul.
2023-08-09 00:37
In my last post, and in earlier posts of mine, I’ve written about non-conceptual, non-intellectual relations, resemblances, affinities among “different” aspects of reality… Read More
2022-04-06 00:56
In the last few months, I went through one of those dark nights of the soul.  Old anxieties and fears, and new anxieties and fears, disturbed my days and kept me from sleeping.  In… Read More
2022-02-26 22:43
Robert Bly (from The Telegraph) The poet, essayist, translator, and magazine publisher and editor, Robert Bly, died toward the end of last year.  I think it’s unfortunate that… Read More
2021-12-04 00:49
“Towers and Devices of an Alien Race, U7B63” by Lawrence Russ I want to introduce you to a new portfolio of mine:  “Towers and Devices of an Alien Race.”&nbsp&hell…Read More
The Music Of The Spheres
2021-08-10 18:49
Sun Ra Performing Recently, my wife and I watched a 1980 documentary about the avant-garde composer and musician, and idiosyncratic, self-styled visionary, Sun Ra — Sun Ra:  A… Read More
2021-07-28 21:13
“At the Parking Lot on Center Street, 6” by Lawrence Russ As many of you no doubt also have, I’ve had difficulty getting back on my feet and putting things back together… Read More
A Pre-Christmas Christmas Card
2020-12-16 01:09
“The Friend Who Dies So His Friends Can Live (Golgotha and the Tomb)” by Lawrence RussA few days ago, I wrote an e-mail to one of my best friends, Rich Armstrong, about a new pho… Read More
2020-09-27 20:34
Dear Readers, I’m sorry to be so late with this “next” post.  But you all know that sometimes we seem to be having even more difficulties than we usually do. And somet… Read More
2020-05-31 15:44
“Marion under the Moon” Lawrence RussAll of the people who know me pretty well know that I adore my wife, Marion. It’s a central fact of my person and my life.  You yo… Read More
2020-05-01 04:47
Shahib, Chess Master of McLevy Green – by Lawrence RussMy earlier sets of clues had to do, you might say, with the nature of reality, of being. This set has a different emphasis, thoug… Read More
It Is Always At Your Doorstep
2020-04-21 00:09
“Crocuses and Primroses” by Paul Strand The artist’s worldis limitless. It can be found anywhere,far from where he livesor a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. &n&hell…Read More
Angels Of Love And Sorrow
2020-04-06 20:05
I didn’t know, when I started my three-post “Keith Carter and the Cloud of Mercy,” how many new reasons we would have now, in this pandemic, to pray for mercy. Our perilous… Read More
2019-12-29 18:36
Connecticut Supreme Court, Hall of Governors, and State Library (Hartford, CT)This time, I haven’t drawn from religious or mystical texts, or parables or poetry or painting, for my clu… Read More
2019-11-20 01:18
I’ve written posts before about the inspirations or events that come to us, without our having planned or willed them, to spur or add force to artistic works (you don’t need to… Read More
2019-11-20 01:18
I’ve written posts before about the inspirations or events that come to us, without our having planned or willed them, to spur or add force to artistic works (you don’t need to… Read More
2019-10-28 23:37
“Uncertain Strongman” by Lawrence RussAs I’ve said, a part of what I plan to do for you in these posts is to give you what I’ve called clues, aiming to bring you clos… Read More
2019-07-24 02:30
“. . . there is only one thing valuable in art and that is the bit that cannot be explained.  To explain away the mystery of a great painting – if such a feat were possible… Read More
2019-07-04 20:58
Tomas Transtromer, the Swedish poet and psychotherapist, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011.  Transtromer, who died in 2015, wrote this poem after the assassination of President… Read More
The Poetic Image
2019-07-01 20:09
“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” Robert Frank Read More
Lonely Truth Versus The Chill Of Ages
2018-04-09 01:19
“Hamlet” by Lawrence Russ There’s a loneliness in being an artist, a feeling that almost no one else understands or values what you’ve intended or made. There’s… Read More
Prominence
2018-04-02 18:44
I’ve titled this image “Prominence.” Every word has an infinite number of meanings that depend, in part, on the context of its usage and the capacities of the one who rece… Read More
2017-12-24 19:51
“The Window Is at Your Feet” by Lawrence Russ “[The] notion that man has a body distinct from his soul is to be expunged; this I shall do, by printing in the infernal metho… Read More
2017-12-24 01:36
Lo, in the silent night A child to God is born And all is brought again That ere was lost or lorn. Could but thy soul, O man, Become a silent night! God would be born in thee And set a… Read More
My Farewell To President Obama
2017-01-11 04:42
With President Obama’s imminent departure from office in mind, I thought of a photograph that I’d taken back in 2003, before I’d ever heard the name “Barack”:&n&hell…Read More
A Poem For 2017 And Every Year That Follows
2017-01-08 21:35
For his wonderful collection of short, imaginative poems from world literature, called The Sea and the Honeycomb, Robert Bly rewrote Frances Desmore’s translation of a Chippewa poem.&n&hell…Read More
At Home In The Secret
2016-10-25 02:06
Photographers, or artists of any kind, are probably more aware than most people are of fortuitous coincidings, of happy or regrettable appearances and disappearances:  “I could ki… Read More
Wishing You A Wonderful Thanksgiving
2015-11-26 19:38
I wish you all for thanksgiving what, in a sense, but only in a sense, we already have  — a world of wonders.  Or, rather, I wish that we would all enter into it m… Read More
Alligator Intellect
2014-11-24 00:49
Nan-ch’uan Threatening to Chop the Kitten in Two, by Sengai [The ink painting above, by Sengai, pictures a scene from the famous Zen koan in which the Zen teacher, Nan-ch’uan, te… Read More
The Heroines’ Unpinned Hair
2013-02-15 01:25
“The Unmade Bed” Imogen Cunningham I don’t know how many “favorite” photographs I have, but I know that one of the frames in my sanctum of photographic lov… Read More
2013-01-16 02:06
Irony:  don’t let yourself be controlled by it, particularly when you are not actually writing.  In the moments when you are are, try to use it as one more means of getting a… Read More
The Frailty Of Judges And Critics
2012-04-22 23:40
“Michael Jackson and Bubbles” by Jeff Koons Ever since caveman-times, no doubt, people have tended to huddle around communal fires for warmth, for mutual comfort, for survival.&n&hell…Read More

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