“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”
This is a famous tall ship, called USS Constellation, resting peacefully in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. She was one of the first warships of the US Navy launched in 1854. I was intrigued by the rich texture of the decaying wood of the old ship. In addition, I liked the reflections dancing on her aging body. The black and white conversion further emphasized the above details.
“Man can do nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets for himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.”
I shot this picture in the historic Inner Harbor, Baltimore. The structures stand there in the busy harbor isolated and abandoned, relics from another time. The slowly decaying poles are fortified with steel cables and metal plates on the top section to keep the wood together. Standing there I contemplated about the passage of time. I wondered how the harbor might have looked like a century ago?
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
“People nowadays like to be together not in the old-fashioned way of, say, mingling on the piazza of an Italian Renaissance city, but, instead, huddled together in traffic jams, bus queues, on escalators and so on. It’s a new kind of togetherness which may seem totally alien, but it’s the togetherness of modern technology.”
J. G. Ballard (1930-2009, English novelist and essayist)
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
JOSEPH CAMPBELL (American mythologist, 1904-1987)
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”