Eye witness

What counsel has the hooded moon
Put in thy heart, my shyly sweet,
Of Love in ancient plenilune,
Glory and stars beneath his feet —
A sage that is but kith and kin
With the comedian Capuchin?

Believe me rather that am wise
In disregard of the divine,
A glory kindles in those eyes
Trembles to starlight. Mine, O Mine!
No more be tears in moon or mist
For thee, sweet sentimentalist.

What Counsel Has the Hooded Moon
by James Joyce

God made the two great lights: the greater light to govern the day, the smaller light to govern the night, and the stars. And so she has been since the beginning, silently watching; witness to the light piercing the dark night as men followed and journeyed in wonderment.

Photograph courtesy of Gordon Nichol

9 thoughts on “Eye witness

  1. In the early days of photography there was a debate as to if this medium was art. These Gordon Nichol pictures show that the application of the physics of lenses and the capture of light photons as pixels of data transcends that act and creates beauty. Then we are left with the question of is beauty necessarily art?

    • I know what you mean, Nick, although I suspect that his success is as much down to the pre-dawn alarm clock, frozen fingers and damp, cold feet as it is to pixel wizadry. They are spectacular photographs, I would agree.

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