A single bluebird

Recently I was reading about the current Elliot Erwitt exhibit at The International Center of Photography.  He is one of my favorites and I hope I get to see the exhibit. Last fall my wife and I went to see the Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand exhibit at the Met and although the prints are breathtaking, it was pretty overwhelming to take on in one day. A small issue I have with exhibits is that I will often find myself wanting to spend much more than just a few moments of time with one piece but having to move forward to see more and more and by the end of the day or exhibit, I feel overwhelmed.  When I look at a photography book at home or in a library I very often will look at one image for a great deal of time, taking in the over-all story and feeling that accompanies it and then enjoying the moments involved with looking at the various details that make the image what it is.  Often I will  open a favorite photo book of mine, currently Elliot Erwitt’s Unseen and just enjoy the photo that I’ve opened to and not look at another image from the book for the day.  I do the same with a book of quotes I have by Thoreau, I’ll open the book and my eyes will be drawn to a specific quote and I’ll just take my time and let the words truly sink in and it sort of becomes this unforced guidance for my day by simply allowing myself to not take on too much and enjoy a specific perspective that another artist has shared with me. A gift.        “A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.” Henry David Thoreau

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