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Read | Diving in the Wreck

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Adrienne Rich – Diving Into the Wreck

First having read the book of myths,
and loaded the camera,
and checked the edge of the knife-blade,
I put on
the body-armor of black rubber
the absurd flippers
the grave and awkward mask.
I am having to do this
not like Cousteau with his
assiduous team
aboard the sun-flooded schooner
but here alone.

There is a ladder.
The ladder is always there
hanging innocently
close to the side of the schooner.
We know what it is for,
we who have used it.

it is a piece of maritime floss
some sundry equipment.

I go down.
Rung after rung and still
the oxygen immerses me
the blue light
the clear atoms
of our human air.
I go down.
My flippers cripple me,
I crawl like an insect down the ladder
and there is no one
to tell me when the ocean
will begin.

First the air is blue and then
it is bluer and then green and then
black I am blacking out and yet
my mask is powerful
it pumps my blood with power
the sea is another story
the sea is not a question of power
I have to learn alone
to turn my body without force
in the deep element.

And now: it is easy to forget
what I came for
among so many who have always
lived here
swaying their crenellated fans
between the reefs
and besides
you breathe differently down here.

I came to explore the wreck.
The words are purposes.
The words are maps.
I came to see the damage that was done
and the treasures that prevail.
I stroke the beam of my lamp
slowly along the flank
of something more permanent
than fish or weed

the thing I came for:
the wreck and not the story of the wreck
the thing itself and not the myth
the drowned face always staring
toward the sun
the evidence of damage
worn by salt and sway into this threadbare beauty
the ribs of the disaster
curving their assertion
among the tentative haunters.

This is the place.
And I am here, the mermaid whose dark hair
streams black, the merman in his armored body.
We circle silently
about the wreck
we dive into the hold.
I am she: I am he

whose drowned face sleeps with open eyes
whose breasts still bear the stress
whose silver, copper, vermeil cargo lies
obscurely inside barrels
half-wedged and left to rot
we are the half-destroyed instruments
that once held to a course
the water-eaten log
the fouled compass

We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to this scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
in which
our names do not appear.

Read | The Wisdom of Nature

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Cuckmere Haven 2

This article eloquently describes, via the philosophy of Lao Tzu, one of the reasons I like to spend as much time as possible in and around nature.

Complement with a Bjork song on a similar theme

Bjork – Wanderlust from One Little Indian Records on Vimeo.

Listen | I’ll Rise

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Featuring Maya Angelou reading her inspiring poem I’ll Rise. I first encountered the classic poem when Ben Harper sang the words in a cover version. The words really encapsulate how Maya lived her life, with joy, humility, endless adaptability and boundless love. If there’s ever one individual to emulate, its her.

Look | Becky Becky Album Launch

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On Friday 23 May¬†Becky Becky launched their album in their home town of Brighton at the Green Door Store. I wasn’t asked to take photos like last time but I had my camera with the 50mm lens with me as always, so I took a few. I didn’t go all out because I wanted to concentrate on the show, and what a show it was! Music, dancing and drama too. Plus there was someone filming so I didn’t want to get in his way. I’m happy with the shots I did get though, I’m please with how the 50mm performed in that setting and Pete (one half of the band) was happy with the shots too.

Becky Becky Album Launch 2

Becky Becky Album Launch 4

Becky Becky Album Launch 3

Becky Becky Album Launch 1

Becky Becky Album Launch 5

The Flickr album

Look | Eglo Dance

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Great flyer based on the classic Naga Champa incense, for a night by a fantastic label. I’d go if I was in London.


Play | 808 Cube

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What would you get if you crossed a Rubik Cube with a Roland 808 synth? Awesomeness that’s what.

Happy playing.


Look | Emotional Landscapes

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emotional landscapes
they puzzle me

then the riddle gets solved and you push me up to this:

…state of emergency…
…how beautiful to be!…
…state of emergency…
…is where i want to be…

My week off in and around Brighton for Easter. Places visited include Stanmer park, Devil’s Dyke, Friston Forest, Cuckmere Haven, Seven Sisters Country Park, Seahaven. Below are some highlights, click through to see the whole album. To see the images full screen click on them.

Stanmer Park 6
Cherry Blossom in Stanmer Park

Devil's Dyke 3
South Downs

Devil's Dyke 4
South Downs

Devil's Dyke 7
South Downs

Friston Forest 1
Friston Forest

Cuckmere Haven 2
Cuckmere Haven

Seaford Sunset
Seaford Sunset

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