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Letter from Ansel

I just found these words by Ansel Adams on James Brandon O’Shea’s beautiful blog, and I felt utterly compelled to share them here. I’m not going to say anything else, simply read the words and see where they take you, and they surely will.

June 10, 1937

Dear Cedric,

A strange thing happened to me today. I saw a big thundercloud move down over Half Dome, and it was so big and clear and brilliant that it made me see many things that were drifting around inside of me; things that relate to those who are loved and those who are real friends.

For the first time I know what love is; what friends are; and what art should be.

Love is a seeking for a way of life; the way that cannot be followed alone; the resonance of all spiritual and physical things. Children are not only of flesh and blood – children may be ideas, thoughts, emotions. The person of the one who is loved is a form composed of a myriad of mirrors reflecting and illuminating the powers and thoughts and the emotions that are within you, and flashing another kind of light from within. No words or deeds may encompass it.

Friendship is another form of love – more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting and acceptance of things like thunderclouds and grass and the clean granite of reality.

Art is both love and friendship and understanding: the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of things. It is more than kindness, which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is a recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the interrelations of these.


Hope these words meant as much to you as they did to me, and with them clasped firmly I’m heading out, saying farewell, for now. Catch you soon!


Walk the earth*

Exciting times are lying ahead, onwards I go. Time for a bit of a walk I’ve come to realize, time to go and see what I find on the road. Soon I’ll be heading out for a bit of a stroll, a 400km stroll that is, and perhaps even further. The plan is to follow one of the ‘Camino de Santiago’ routes through France to the border town of St Jean Pied de Port, where I’ll either cross into Spain, or head back, but that part remains undecided and vague, as it should I reckon.

The idea behind this ‘stroll’ is of course to develop ‘Nowhereville’ further, and also possibly to start a new project – which might take the form of a travelling diary, and contain portraits (and short profiles?) of people I meet ‘out there’. These are the main drives for this wandering, but also there’s the need for reflection, for some perspective on a life that’s become excruciatingly, and painfully stale lately. Maybe it’s all about reinvention, yes, that might just be it… I can’t really put my finger on it, but all I know is that this needs to happen, the drive towards open space is overwhelming, and I have no choice but to heed this longing, it simply feels too right to ignore.

So yes, I might be off the grid for some time as I want this to be as ‘old school’ as possible – no internet, no phone, bare minimum technology. But no worries, I’m not planning on doing a ‘Into the Wild’! Nah, it’s not nearly as dramatic as all that, it’s just that I would like to travel as light as possible, if that makes any kind of sense whatsoever. But yes, I probably wouldn’t be able to withstand the lure of the net for any appreciable amount of time, so in all likelihood I’ll be posting as and when I can on route.

Right, so catch Y’all soon then!

– Btw, my online solo exhibition (Street Song) which I previously mentioned went live today, so check it out! (just click on my name right at the top of ‘Solo shows’)

* Jules: I’ll just walk the earth.
Vincent: What’cha mean walk the earth?
Jules: You know, walk the earth, meet people… get into adventures. Like Caine from “Kung Fu.”

– Pulp Fiction