Absence of Sound

I sleep and I unsleep. On the other side of me, beyond where I lie down, the silence of the house touches infinity. I hear time falling, drop by drop, and no falling drop is heard falling.

– Fernando Pessoa (The Book of Disquiet)


16 responses

  1. Chair image is stunning!!! Thanks for this moment of art to start my day

    December 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    • And thank you for the cool compliment Timm!

      December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

  2. I really like the first image, that tree looks amazing. Good job.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

  3. Nice set of moody images. The chair image is quite unsettling in a way.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    • Much appreciated Meanderer, and yes, that chair is a bit unsettling – which I liked!

      December 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  4. fantastic images. Your heading is quite powerful in that through the series, I noticed ‘absence of sound’. Not unlike watching a movie that has disabled its sound. Thank you for this.

    December 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    • You know what, that’s exactly what it felt like walking through this old place, a distinct lack of sound, as if the very notion of ‘sound’ got displaced…Quite a disconcerting experience, but also comforting in a way.

      December 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

  5. Kasia

    I love the Pessoa quote. One of my favourite writers !

    December 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

    • Oh yes Kasia, he’s been a firm favourite of mine for some considerable time now, and I must just say that it’s quite brilliant meeting another fan of his here and now. Thanks for the visit!

      December 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

  6. Man, I don’t know what to say anymore. It seems you’re not only telling the most greatest stories with these photographic gems but you read the books that had the most impact of my thinking & living: Fernando Pessoa.

    And this little series, Jean-Pierre, is something more felt than seen. And that’s outstanding. Truly outstanding!

    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

    December 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    • Oh man, I don’t come across another Pessoa enthusiast every day you know, so this is fantastic news! Seems like we really are kindred souls…And thank you so much for appreciating my humble little stories Fritsch, sometimes they feel like they are all that I have, so it really means the world to me…

      Cheers mate,


      December 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm

  7. I like this, JP, good work! The photos are very “you”, and I especially like the third one down, the curtains, and the words are atmospheric, very good too – “I hear time falling, drop by drop, and no falling drop is heard falling.” >>> wow! that really gets to me! This is good work, my friend, Adrian

    December 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    • Thanks man. Yeah, I’m an avid Pessoa reader and I thought that his words would be a fitting companion to this specific series…Glad you liked it mate!

      December 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  8. Hauntingly beautiful.

    December 9, 2011 at 6:37 am

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