Thursday, August 12, 2010

across time



this building
held me closer
each time i passed it

haunted my imaginings

whispered softly to me
across fields of gold
sleep and distance

come closer

know me
hold me
as if i were your own


for once i was


yes, you knew me as your home
you walked through me
leaned on me
called me
in your darkest moments
the place you would always return to
and
now you have


29 comments:

Jenny Stevning said...

WOW!!! Beautiful words and amazing photos!!!

Linda Sue said...

WOW! and WOW some more- beautiful indeed!

Rachel Fenton said...

to spend one day in the presence of that building - and what presence - and paint!

Amazing photos!

jinksy said...

I could sit and gaze at that last photo for hours, and hours, and hours....Oops! Got mesmerised!

Delwyn said...

Hi Steven

I also like that last photo because it doesn't reveal quite what it is, there is the mystery there and it could be in another place altogether, Japan even...
You have captured great contrasts of colour Steven

happy days

steven said...

thankyou jenny. steven

steven said...

linda sue - i kept going back to this building. it was empty overlooked the sea set by this golden field. it was all together stunning and i felt the strongest emotional connection to it and couldn't explain it to myself or anyone else. steven

steven said...

rachel thankyou. i'm glad you were able to feel something of what i felt through these pictures and words. steven

Elisabeth said...

These images are stunning Steven, almost like oil colours. No wonder you looked again and again.

Meri said...

The photos are like visual haikus -- no excess, just beauty through simplicity.

Reya Mellicker said...

Like Jinxy, I could gaze at these photos forever. And the poem. Wow and wow. I've felt like this about buildings, trees, people, rivers and lakes.

come closer
know me
hold me
as if i were your own.

Indeed!! Wow.

Bonnie said...

haunting and nostalgic steven.

Pauline said...

The hosue I grew up in calls my name all the time. Houses can speak...

hope said...

What a beautiful way to begin the weekend! Thank you!

steven said...

well hope you're very welcome - a long weekend for you?! steven

steven said...

pauline - i too think that houses and places imprint on us. steven

steven said...

bonnie - it was for me also! steven

steven said...

reya i knew you'd get this piece. it's hard for some people to take in the depth of connection that can accumulate through the many lives we live and how the connections established in those lives between us and objects or people or experiences can call us back. sometimes again and again. steven

steven said...

meri - thankyou for that. i know that i think about pictures sometimes after the fact. these pictures were right there and as i saw them i knew that they could tell the story of my experiencing of that moment. steven

steven said...

elisabeth thankyou. the )to me) best pictures i have taken recently have had that quality. it's something to do with the clouds and the colours. and something else. steven

Paul E said...

Steve,

Kim and I sat by the fire tonight, under a clear Island sky, catching falling stars and taking in the silence. Just a few "blocks" away from this beautiful, ramshackle home. (Do you know the story behind it? Very interesting. If you like, I'll share it.) It was as magnificent an hour as you now know it would be, and I thought about you and how you would take it all in and remember it, too. Glad you're sharing the sense of PEI with your friends.
Paul
PS. Pearl's house is still for sale.

willow said...

Magnificent images and even more so with your words.

Paul C said...

How wonderful that these images are unspoiled by commercialization. There is a timeless sweep here.

Golden West said...

Steven, I've always admired your photographs, but this trip has really unleashed your talents - some of your best photos ever!

steven said...

paul c., thankyou for this kind comment. there is so little - almost no commercialization of anything when you step a handful of minutes of the beaten track in prince edward island. steven

steven said...

paul e. well i would really love to hear the story of this home. it's strange to walk by a place and feel like you've known it for a very long time but this building had that effect on me. enjoy the rest of your time there!!! steven

steven said...

willow thankyou so much! steven

steven said...

golden west - wow! i am tickled by your very kind comment. i was awed by the scenery and by the feeling of being at home for the very first time in a long time. perhaps that shows up in the photographs. i'll be returning next year to a different part of the island as well as travelling end-to-end by bike - 250+km so a quick five day trip. steven

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Fields of gold... how beautiful. I love the brilliance of the sky against the gold of the field. Simply beautiful.