Coming Into The Light – Installment 1

by imageguy

I co-published a book of landscape and nature photography in 1979 entitled Coming Into The Light / An Invitation. The book was chosen as one of the top 100 pieces of printed material in the country and won a Distinctive Merit Award from the Art Directors Club of Boston, so I admit that I am very proud of it. It has been out of print for sometime so is not available anywhere any longer, so I thought I would post some entries from the book here. It began with this introduction.

The Invitation

“Like the wind, a brook exists only through motion. Down the narrow groove it has worn in the earth, hurrying toward the greater valleys of the rivers that will carry it to the sea, all the dark water foaming and gurgling below me rushes away into the night. The stream flows on and on. So the long life of the ever-renewing brook extends through the years. But it continues without awareness, without sensation, without emotion. Its existence is one of action, of music, of beauty; but it is life without life. The great gift of our lives is the gift of awareness.”

-Edwin Way Teale

The purpose of the book was to invite the reader to experience the beauty of nature that was easily accessible and all around. The photographs were taken in parks, and refuges, at roadsides, and in my back yard. They were accompanied by quotes that helped to deliver the message. So enjoy these. There will be more next week.

“Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Page 15
“Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in nature – daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it – rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?” – Henry David Thoreau


page 19
“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf and take an insect view of its plain.” -Henry David Thoreau


page 23
“Each humblest plant, or weed, as we call it, stands there to express some thought or mood of ours, and yet how long it stands in vain.” -Henry David Thoreau


page 25
“God, the Great Giver, can open the whole universe to our gaze in the narrow space of a single lane.” – Rabandranath Tagore



page 35
“…Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.” -Henry David Thoreau

page 37
“You must converse much with the field and woods, if you would imbibe such health into your mind and spirit as you covet for your body” -Henry David Thoreau

page 41
“You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake. You must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand-heap. You must have so good an appetite as this, else you will live in vain.” -Henry David Thoreau


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