The Week In Seven Photos

Imagination and escape became a theme in my life this week as I was not in the mood for the current reality.

“If you want to escape this reality all you have to do is open a book and your imagination.” (unknown)

Photography and books are wonderful avenues of escape as the cares of the world slowly drift away with each click of the camera or rustle of a turning page.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” (Stephen King) 

Quiet photography mornings, a comfy chair, jazz on the stereo and a favorite author is one of the best recipes I’ve found this summer.

“Rest, nature, books, music…such is my happiness.”  (Leo Tolstoy)

Harper quickly reminded me that my favorite summer recipe was lacking the most important ingredient, a dog by your side.

“Having a dog or cat will open your heart.  Reading a book will open your mind.  Having both – absolute heaven.” (Mark Rubinstein)

The power of a photo or sentence to immediately take you to another place filled with emotions, that even catches your imagination by surprise, is always a magical event.

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.  Reading is grist.  Reading is bliss.” (Nora Ephron) 

Another special aspect that photography and reading share is that each individual’s interpretation of the scene or story will be inspired by their unique imagination and experiences.

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” (Plato)

It appears that I cannot go through a week without my imaginative muse Baby Yoda making an appearance.

“I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music and I’ll bolt the door.” (J.D. Salinger)