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Reflecting

I was reflecting on a conversation I had recently with a colleague. We were discussing how abstract the concept of art is.

This made me think about the uniquely ephemeral nature of photography and how it is so intangible. All it is is light and time.

Most of photography is nothing more than an attempt to capture reflected light, the fleeting nature of that light is a big part of the allure and joy. This post is a reflection of a few reflections.

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“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.”
― Margaret J. Wheatley

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“Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him?”
― Bill Watterson

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“We never see Life as it really is.
All we can ever see is the reflection of Life -distorted by our unique perceptions.”
― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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“Beauty isn’t physical — it’s an reflection of what’s on the inside.”
― Laurie Buchanan

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“Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous.”
― Confucius

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“Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection
or regard of the understanding.”
― John Locke

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“I have always preferred the reflection of the life to life itself.”
― Francois Truffaut

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“Work needs to be a reflection of your social values. You are how you work!”
― Leigh Steinberg

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“What was more needed by this old man who divided the leisure hours of his life, where he had so little leisure, between gardening in the daytime, and contemplation at night? Was not this narrow enclosure, with the sky for a background, enough to enable him to adore God in his most beautiful as well as in his most sublime works? Indeed, is not that all, and what more can be desired? A little garden to walk, and immensity to reflect upon. At his feet something to cultivate and gather; above his head something to study and meditate upon: a few flowers on the earth, and all the stars in the sky.”
― Victor Hugo

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“She stared at her reflection in the glossed shop windows as if to make sure, moment by moment, that she continued to exist.”
― Sylvia Plath

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“When do I see a photograph, when a reflection?”
― Philip K. Dick

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“By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
― Confucius

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“The outer world is a reflection of our inner selves.”
― Bryant McGill

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“It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.”
― Samuel Johnson


I look forward to seeing you out there.

Julian Ray
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