“The more we search for ourselves, the less likely we are to find ourselves; and the more we search for God, and to serve our fellow-men, the more profoundly will we become acquainted with ourselves, and the more inwardly assured. This is one of the great spiritual laws of life.”
“Why then are ye quenched, why silent, why leaden and dull? Ye must shine forth like the lightning, and raise up a clamouring like unto the great sea. Like a candle must ye shed your light, and even as the soft breezes of God must ye blow across the world. Even as sweet breaths from heavenly bowers, as musk-laden winds from the gardens of the Lord, must ye perfume the air for the people of knowledge, and even as the splendours shed by the true Sun, must ye illumine the hearts of humankind. For ye are the life-laden winds, ye are the jessamine-scents from the gardens of the saved. Bring then life to the dead, and awaken those who slumber. In the darkness of the world be ye radiant flames; in the sands of perdition, be ye well-springs of the water of life, be ye guidance from the Lord God. Now is the time to serve, now is the time to be on fire. Know ye the value of this chance, this favourable juncture that is limitless grace, ere it slip from your hands.”
liam (glasgow, scotland) left: There’s so much unhappiness in the world, when there doesn’t need to be, and so much suffering when there shouldn’t be. So many people are abused, and neglected, and starving, and miserable. So I’m fasting. Big deal. What can I do for them? What can you do for them?
negeen (haifa, israel) right: These days I’ve come to realize that after years of not caring to be in my own photographs, suddenly I do. The photograph itself used to be enough of a memory of being somewhere, but now as I prepare to leave a home I’ve grown to love so much, I want to be a part of the scene I shoot. Perhaps capturing myself somehow keeps me there, at least within that image.
And at times when I don’t manage to put part or all of myself in the photo, if I look really hard, I can often find myself in the faces of my loved ones.