Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

original content and images ©j.g. lewis

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 . . .

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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Desire To Stay
Posted on November 9, 2022 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

We come and go, as routinely or as
regularly as we have before. The days
and destination vary, as expected, by
month or year, by happenstance, fate,
or intention. Our paths will cross with
others on a similar plane, acknowledge
our purpose, again and again, it is that
which is common we all wish to show.
We all want to belong. We wander, as
do so many lost souls, as purposely or
as randomly as it seems, Thoughts of
where, or why, cross our minds, so we
think more of the reasons than of the
time, a critical factor to common minds.
While where we go is as relevant as
why we stay, for how long remains the
bigger question. More a feeling than a
purpose, comfort comes when you least
expect it. Do we share the desire to stay
as deeply as we must? Or, are we more
influenced by wind direction, curiosity
or trust? We still want to belong. We
will stay when we feel welcome, often
accepting what little we know, always
uncertain when, or why, we have to go .

© 2022 j.g. lewis

cloud songs
Posted on November 8, 2022 by j.g.lewisLeave a comment

a bit of a liar
a bit of a thief

we try to cover up
faults or flaws

only we can see
we know ourselves well

take for granted
stories we tell

taking what we know
to another level

only the truth
becomes our reality

11/08/2022                                                                          j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays
Posted on November 7, 2022 by j.g.lewisLeave 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.