Dusk Blossoms

“Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell... ”

Excerpt from: Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower

by Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus

© Karen McRae, 2019

In Passing

Autumn-Dusk2A few more of those slipping-by landscapes ~ Late autumn to winter as we wait on spring.

[I recently posted the penultimate photograph but I like it paired with the image just below it ~ the unkempt, and the (somewhat) orderly.]

© Karen McRae, 2015


An image from a photographic series layering the ephemeral (withering flora) and the enduring (ancient fossils). This image is an in-camera double exposure. You may recognize the form of the orchid from the previous post.

© Karen McRae, 2013


Things are not always what they seem. Sometimes when I am making pictures I notice that the plot is thickening. Other times, I don’t notice until later.

The camera though, it is a keen observer. It has spent a lot of time looking. It has developed a sense of humour. It understands how I love double meanings, a good pun, or an interesting metaphor. And it sees what I am looking for. Sometimes it is the one to point things out.

The lens. It knows how to make the tiniest of adjustments. It knows how shallow or how deeply I want to go into a subject. It makes sense of the light, filters it carefully. The lens is meticulous.

The subjects. They are generous with their time. They are frequently in transition and often surprising. They too have a sense of humour. And they are always teaching me. Showing me how to look at things. Showing me how things are and how they are not. But also, how they could be.

Do you see the things I see here in these images? These shapeshifters?

All images © Karen McRae, 2012