Alchemy.

December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

“It was then, there in the darkness, with only those little pin-points of light to see by, light from a world away where other people with their own problems and their own secrets lived their own lives, that everything in our world changed for good.” – Dana Reinhardt

 

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glacierized Himalayan border region of Bhutan (bottom) and Tibet (top)

glacierized Himalayan border region of Bhutan (bottom) and Tibet (top)

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“As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labour continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labour my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams.” – W.B. Yeats

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Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

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“Photography is essentially an act of recognition by street photographers, not an act of invention. Photographers might respond to an old man’s face, or an Arbus freak, or the way light hits a building—and then they move on. Whereas in all the other art forms, take William Blake, everything that came to that paper never existed before. It’s the idea of alchemy, of making something from nothing.” – Duane Michals

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Annapurna Vista from Sarangkot

Annapurna Vista from Sarangkot

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“As we stand there, it hits me how quickly everything changes – how life is like peering into a kaleidoscope, and just as you’re looking at a gorgeous pattern you think you’d maybe even like to keep around forever, the colors morph into something completely different, and there’s no getting back to that first pattern. No matter how much you’d like to see it again.” – Holly Schindler

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Everest, Lhotse, Himalayan Peaks, Nepal

Everest, Lhotse, Himalayan Peaks, Nepal

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“Old stories have a habit of being told and retold and changed. Each subsequent storyteller puts his or her mark upon it. Whatever truth the story once had is buried in bias and embellishment. The reasons do not matter as much as the story itself.” – Erin Morganstern

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Nepal 1

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“It is the artist who tries to gradually accustom people to the possibilities of a better state of things.” – C.A. Daawson Scott

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Nepal

Nepal

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“The world is changed by examples, not by opinions.” – Paul Coelho

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