Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #905 – Henri Cartier-Bresson on The Minds Eye



“MY PASSION has never been for photography ‘ in itself ‘ but for the possibility –through forgetting yourself– of recording in a fraction of a second the emotion of the subject, and the beauty of the form; that is, a geometry awakened by what’s offered.

The photographic shot is one of my sketchpads.”        HENRI CARTIER – BRESSON  8/2/1994

I have been reading Henri Cartier – Bresson’s book about photography: The Mind’s Eye. It should be required reading for anyone who attempts to see and record images!    monos en theos  †† jas L

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #891 – A Restful Glow

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It is most alway fruitful when I decide to take a mindful stroll around my small grounds. On a casual glance, I will not see. When I don my macro kit and keep my eyes open it almost always becomes a seek and you shall find proposition.

With the oppressive heat, it is not until around 8:00 pm before the temp drops to a tolerable level. I spied this wonder about a foot higher than eye level. It became obvious that he was at rest for the night. He sat in the same place waiting imperturbably while I found something to elevate myself to his level. I was able to hold one of my lights back behind him to send light through his wings. It gave the heavenly glow to the photo that I felt in my heart.

monos en theos ††† james

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #862-May we all grow into children


“To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.  Most persons do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child.  The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grow into the child…monos en theos…†…jim

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #825 – OPEN YOUR EYES!

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Do you ever think that God made some things harder to see for a reason?

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”…Yogi Berra

“My eyes make pictures when they are shut”.. Confucius

Ah, from Yogi to Confucius, now there’s a leap.

Open yours eyes!…monos en theos…†…jim

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #822 – SEEING!

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To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Open your heart and see…†…monos en theos…jim



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“Who would have thought it possible that a tiny little flower could preoccupy a person so completely that there simply wasn’t room for any other thought.”  
–  Sophie Scholl 

I do with that I could say the above saying applies.

But I have done little to slow and take time to just be.

I get wasted whiling time away

on things that seem important

that have to get the done today.

It can be such a burden

letting time, dew, and flowers

fly past, not stopping

just hurrying away!

stop and feel the dew! en theos monos † jim



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I have been delinquent on my posts lately. Resistance comes at you in many forms. For more than a week, mine came calling with a nagging cough that settled in my chest as bronchitis.  My body went into a defensive move of slow motion. I slept away many lost hours. No sense in pining over that. Attempting to gather myself together, to see, find and make some images. I feel as though like I am passing through a zone of limited vision. A slight fog or more likely blowing dust here in the desert. In the mean time, I am pulling from the library of past times.

This lovely door was one of several in a line of small apartments in T or C, New Mexico. The colors warmed by the setting sun reflect such a glow. A nuance of bounty, of simplicity. Warming, giving off a calm amongst the vibrance.

Enjoy what you may see today. ††† en theos ††† jim


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When Spielberg created his idea of the likeness of an alien being, ET, I just can’t help but think he turned to our inner or small world for inspiration. In a way they are almost aliens, at least to our eye. We walk past their worlds everyday, rarely taking the time to explore or even notice them.

Kind of like the homeless man I catch out of the corner of my eye. Aged and bend by the weight of his parallel universe. But I, have some place to be, something important to do and I just don’t want to bother to even see beyond my own nose.

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
― C.G. Jung

Be aware of what’s around ††† en theos ††† jimwork

Photos on the journey #489 – Leaves at the bottom of the bubbles.

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Somedays you just have to look harder to find what is right in front of you.

It was a bit windy yesterday, and I sat by our little fountain while trying to make an image of a mud dauber at work. He was fighting the wind has much or more than me. I gave up attempting to stay in focus in the wind. He stayed with it and made me feel all the more a sluggard. I turned my attention to the slower moving bubbles and was fascinated how I could see the sharp image of the leaves on the bottom of the fountain in clear focus. I added some stars to the specular highlights via Knoll Light Factory photoshop plug in.

Does make oneself to try to be more mindful and take what you are given, not just what you want.

Peaceout ††† en theos ††† jlawrence

Photos on the journey #413


I walk by this scene a minimum of 2-3 times each day. That’s about 2o times a week, x 52 weeks = around a 1000 times. Then multiply that by the 10+ years I have lived at my present house, take away days I walk a different route, am out of town or just for whatever reason, don’t go. That means I have walked right on by this scene probably on  5,000 – 6,000 occasions. Never once pausing and seeing what was right in front of me, about a block away from my house.

But it took having a sleepless morning on a clear, unseasonably warm, early January morning to be offered this view.

To quote Jagger & Richards: “You don’t always get what you want, But if you try sometimes well you just might find You get what you need”………sorry, now try getting that tune out of your head today, ah, “Let it Bleed” baby.

Open your eyes, see the marvel of all that HE places before you.

pezful ez feelin’ @U ††† en theos ††† jlawrence