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Izumi's Diary Page 46     Monday 12 March 2012  
         
         
The Quiet Ancestors
         
     
 

Hello! Here is a slightly subdued Izumi for reasons which follow.

You will know from my last Diary page that there are scarce Moments (of any description) along my favourite streets at the moment, so I hoped that the Ancestors, being by their own definition rather quiet and peaceful, would not need to sleep in or have days off and that they would provide some happy photographs that I could show you here.

 
     
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Quiet Ancestors (074)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/200 sec, f/4.5, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

The day that I went there began as cloudy and rather gloomily quiet but before I left the sun had come out and there was a different sort of quietness caused by the warming of the land and the air around me.

 
     
     
         
   
The Quiet Ancestors (537)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w Holga 25mm, 1/1000 sec, f/8, 400 ISO, 50mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Forgetful
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/250 sec, f/10, 400 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

I even tried putting different lenses on my PEN to see if that attracted any Moments, and there were perhaps a couple which were interested, as you can see above

But I thought that the biggest success would come if I stopped looking at the whole of the landscape and instead sought out details which could be worthy of happy photographs because of their patterns or colours.

 
     
     
         
   
The Quiet Ancestors (070)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 45mm, 1/100 sec, f/1.8, 500 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Quiet Ancestors (562)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/400 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

You may ask me why I did not invoke any Moments of Serendipity but there was something about the morning that made me not want to travel down that pathway, unlike that previous morning which yielded such wonderful images. I don't really know why this was but I do know that Serendipity can be a fragile as well as a powerful force and it is best left to its own devices.

Perhaps it sensed something in me that day that made it want to keep a distance. And I certainly don't want to get on the wrong side of it and have it go away from me. It needs treating with politeness and respect, and then from my experience it treats you and your creative needs and desires the same way.

And at the end I decided to cheer myself up a bit by having a little visual joke and giving my PEN a little bit of the spotlight that he is usually behind, not in front of.

I had a little smile, anyway.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
PEN Portrait in Shadow (531)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/1000 sec, f/10, 400 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Was it a successful outing? If I must be honest with myself I must answer No, not really. But that is in comparison with all the other visits to the Ancestors' Resting Place where I have really been very lucky in the happy photographs that I have found there.

Even without having to call on the magic of Serendipity.

So all in all in the end I was happy with the morning and even more so after a nice strong coffee at my friend's café. Thank you, Mai.

And thank you for putting up with my little downcastings.

Your friend,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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