A good morning to you—
As I continue to sift and sort through vast drifts of paper with Linda the Organizer, I'm coming across thousands of things that I'd forgotten. For your delectation this morning, two quotations from among many I'd written down and then forgotten about, plucked from the heaps:
...Amateur work has its own special charm. Freed from the commercial necessities which fetter the professional, the amateur need have nothing but the principles of art for guidance. In this delicious liberty he may well be, and is, envied by those who must yield something to the whim of the buyer....
—Alexander Black, The Amateur Photographer, 1887
(Today we would write "he or she," of course. We forgive Mr. Black.)
If it is practiced by a man [or woman!] of taste the photograph will have the appearance of art, but the photographer must intervene as little as possible, so as not to lose the objective charm which it naturally possesses.... Photography should register and give us documents.
I've finally got a hard date for moving day—the truck comes for the big pieces of furniture a week from today. I went over to the new house last night, and parked in the garage for the first time, and just wandered around with half the lights off trying to visualize where things are going to go. I have a few antiques from my grandparents' and great-grandparents' houses, and I’ve always tended to place them prominently in places I've lived, thinking visitors would like to see them. Or maybe trying to show off. But last night I just figured the hell with it, I’m the one who enjoys them, so I’m just going to put them in the bedroom. Where, turns out, they’re going to fit perfectly. One more problem solved.
Then I wandered around the new office space, clapping my hands and listening intently. Tracking slap echo, to help me find the best location for the stereo, which in turn will dictate the placement of the desk. I think it's going to be a nice space for sound—which is important, as sometimes I think writing is something I do so I can sit and listen to music all day. (Check out "Blackwater" by Rain Tree Crow for a sound-quality reference. I'd forgotten how good that recording is.)
Have a great Wednesday, wherever your Wednesday takes you.
"Morning Coffee" is auto-published weekdays at 3:30 a.m. Central Time today to be in time for morning coffee breaks in the UK and Europe. For those who rise later, it will be there. The feature is a month-long experiment to give people something to check in with while I'm busy moving. This is not permanent.
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