When asked why he chose "The Moon and Sixpence" as the title for his novel about the life of a fictional artist based on real life artist Paul Gauguin, W. Somerset Maugham explained that the title was a reference to individuals who, while reaching for the moon, miss the sixpence at their feet.
This photo journal is about finding and capturing that sixpence.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Apparently, writing about the everyday miracle of discovering the sixpence at one's feet isn't the only way to capture that kind of moment. I've started taking some black and white photos every day, of things around the house or in the yard. Black and white photography brings out the poetry in things where color can be a distraction. It's the poetry I'm looking for in what I capture. "Capture" is such a violent term of dominance. I borrow. I revel in what my eyes can see; one crystalline moment lifted out of time.