Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Between Houses and Ruskin

On one of my standard walks, up Luce Road, across Benlise and Longview Terrace, and down Stratton Road,  I took photographs of the spaces between houses.  These spaces are intriguing because they hold mountains in the background, and add some interesting man-made geometry to the foreground/middleground.

I came across the following John Ruskin quote today when reading a review of a Gerard Manley Hopkins biography (http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-unspeakable-stress-of-pitch-4048):  "The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one."    

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