nineteen days

day eleven

Posted in day eleven, the fast - 2008 by amysahba on March 13, 2008

“O Son of Being! Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants.”


amy: on the days when it is my turn to post our photos, I receive leila’s email for the day early in the morning, just as i am about to begin my fast for that same day she has just completed. i leave that email sitting in my inbox, incredibly tempted to open it and peek at what leila’s eyes have seen, what she has captured. but i don’t. i fight that urge. and today, i was so glad that i exercised that control or i would have been deprived of that delightful feeling of surprise and giddiness at noticing that the coloring in all our pictures today have similar hues, and that we both chose to look up at the sky and clouds bathed in beautiful light at sunset. this project surprises me and brings me so much joy each day. thank you, thank you leila.

leila: i have rediscovered my flash, a little bit. this morning i thought, “Is this the first sign of autumn?”

in the evening my sister and i went to buy very essential riocotta cheese from the supermarket deli. on one of the windows of the building, you can just see a graffitied “smp”, which you see tagged everywhere around here. whenever i see it, it makes me think of my department at university: “Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy”. because i am susceptible to non-musical ear worms, i usually end up thinking the phrase “Society, Media, Philosophy” like a mantra for hours afterwards.  because my brain loves me that way.

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  1. Elizabeth said, on March 13, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Nice sunset photos. Looks like you guys were thinking along the same lines.

  2. tannaz said, on March 13, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    great pics! loving the blog–thanks so much! tannaz

  3. shirin sahba said, on March 13, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    lovely! as usual you complement one another so well 🙂

  4. Amy said, on March 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Ear Worms! There is a diagnosis? Yay, I am not crazy!

  5. leila said, on March 17, 2008 at 1:28 am

    elizabeth: thank you, and isn’t it nuts? i was wondering whether i should choose another evening photo, but then i thought that when the sky is so pretty—which it is not every night—then surely i should chose this one.

    tannaz: thank you! we are so glad that you like it. it is our very deep pleasure to be doing this.

    shirin: hurray! i never would have imagined this kind of thing emerging from our photographs—we live on opposite sides of the world, fasting and taking pictures at different times, with totally different styles in our photography, and yet! look at this confluence of colour and ideas!

    amy: we are certainly not crazy! you may even be gifted. i suggest oliver sacks’s latest book, Musicolophilia. he talks at length about this phenomenon—and indeed, it had never occurred to me to question it before, apart from “COULD YOU PLEASE GET OUT OF MY HEAD?”

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