Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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a daily breath...

A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .

Mondays are just young Fridays

We tire of unpredictable weather, the damp morning chill, wet socks and lost mittens. Winter keeps reminding it is not through with us.
   We have suffered long enough.
   The streets are tired and dirty and the time change only makes things darker in the morning.
   We need a brighter view.
   We need, now, the renewal that comes with spring.

03/20/2023                                                                                          j.g.l.


Progress comes less from planning than participation.
Dreams and wishes require action and attention.
Start moving.

03/19/2023                                                                                                         j.g.l.

forever wonder

If we wait too long
for the stars to align, for
some kind of hope, or
some kind of sign,
if we let our lives hang on
still-bated breath, we will
forever wonder
what is still to come
or what we have left. If we
don’t own the moments,
or make them our own,
will we ever feel like
we’ve made our way home?
If we can’t be honest
with others, and especially
our selves,
can we ever explain why
or how
we once felt?
If we wait too long, it
may never arrive.
Stop waiting,
start doing,
start feeling alive.

© 2016 j.g. lewis

I'm like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
other times
dull or
Still I write.

j.g. lewis
is a writer/photographer in Toronto.

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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on November 7, 2022 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

It is the moments before, the time preceding the fraction of a second, that actually makes up a photograph.
   It is crucial time, measured more in thought than light and colour, where movement ceases or is silent for a mere moment before time stands still.
   It may be only a moment, but that scant period of time is made up of years of practice and observation. Choices are made: focal length and shutter speed, aperture and intention; how much or how little light goes into each photograph?
   Only you will know if the results are what you thought they would be, at the time and in those moments (and years) leading up to that fraction of a second.
   I have been, since June, adapting all I know about photography onto my newest camera.
   Technologically superior to each camera I have previously owned, my new camera is a challenge that is as much exciting as intimidating. This is the seventh camera I have owned in my lifetime, and each has served me well.
   The format has changed from film to digital but the fundamentals remain.
   I have to remember, in this era of automation and artificial intelligence, that I, as the photographer, must maintain control of composition, and thought, and outcome.
   Now, as I was before, I remain entranced by the magic of photography and what you can do with light and determination.
   I have learned so much over the decades, but have so much more to learn. If nothing else, that is the reason to continue to explore image and substance, and the magic of photography.

11/07/2022                                                                                j.g.l.


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