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My current job requires a bit of concentration, so I printed out some pages and worked on it manually, away from the computer and the temptations of the Internet. I found a great patch of light and sat in it, my back against the stove.

But you know, the mind is very good at coming up with distractions. I decided I had to take a picture of how the light looked. At least I waited until today to post. (The job's ongoing, though, so maybe I'll choose that spot again...)



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Mar. 2nd, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
Mar. 3rd, 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
I decided I had to take a picture of how the light looked.

I love that first picture. The reflection in the tabletop looks like a seventeenth-century still life.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 12:59 am (UTC)
And it really looked that way to the eye too, when I was sitting there (it's not just a trick of the camera).
Mar. 2nd, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
The top photo reminds me of the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and so does the bottom photo.
Did any insights come to mind? I mean, beyond smashing the skull of a wild boar with a bone? ;)
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
Well sometimes when I'm editing I do get the urge to smash something with a big bone, as a matter of fact, but as for deeper insights, hmmmm.... (and the light coming in the door's window really does look like the monolith!)
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Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
It was quite Good.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your light.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
Always my pleasure.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 09:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely light! So very northerly still, though, up there, eh?
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
oh yes. the wind came up and the temperatures are dropping... the heating's going great guns.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 10:50 pm (UTC)
I like the second one best. My eye moves around the picture to examine many kinds of light effects and nostalgia producing objects.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:04 am (UTC)
What are the nostalgia-producing objects?
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:28 am (UTC)
The simple pine leg of the stool or table, and the patterned material, maybe a bedspread, that looks kind of old-fashioned. That kind of misty light in the upper part, and the bright light source: sunlight coming in through a small window into this small quiet room illuminating a section of the papers at the bottom, left in the midst of being read. No?
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
Oh yes, absolutely! I just wondered if you remembered them from my having posted them before--if they were nostalgic in that sense--but yes, in the more general sense, I absolutely agree.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 07:53 am (UTC)
Gorgeous light! I went to see an exhibition recently and one of the paintings was Jan Lieven's Young man in yellow, on loan from the Scottish National Gallery. What really struck me was how the selection of light made earthly imperfection into ethereal beauty. It was as though the painter (and hundreds like him of that era) was saying "Look here! Yes, there is dust and clutter and probably fleas as well down here, but there is breathtaking beauty too, if you can see it..."
Mar. 7th, 2016 01:45 pm (UTC)
That realization that there is great beauty in the everyday is so freeing. When you're surrounded by beauty, it means you don't have to feel bereft.

... I think it's easy to twist what I've said up above as some sort of justification for keeping people down. "There's beauty/happiness/good things to be had anywhere, so no need for you to have a chance at a better living situation--why, the sun on an oil slick can be beautiful, right? Well then: you get the oil slick and we'll have the sparkling water." <--something like that. But that's not what I mean: I mean that beauty and other good things will barge their way in to anywhere, and that this can bring joy and strength.

... ouf, that seems heavy in response to your very lovely comment...
Mar. 4th, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
I don't think its possible (or if it were possible, it wouldn't ultimately be efficient) to concentrate nonstop. That is one reason twitter is so great. You relax your brain by thinking about something else interesting for two minutes -- and return to work refreshed.
Mar. 7th, 2016 01:46 pm (UTC)
I agree, though I find that having access to something like Twitter tends to distract me more than I probably need...
Mar. 7th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
xI picture you, catlike, curled in your spot of warmth and light. ˆ-x-ˆ
Mar. 7th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
Love your ASCII cat face!
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