“Donald E. Carr points out that the sense impressions of one-celled animals are not edited for the brain” “This is philosophically interesting in a rather mournful way, since it means that only the simplest animals perceive the universe as it is.”
Annie Dillard – Pilgrim At Tinker Creek
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot
I truly do not understand quite why we fetishize the New Year the way we do but it is a tradition of very long standing among seemingly most human cultures, so there you are.
A few images from early this morning…
and a final image from’15 looking over the Hudson from Morningside Heights…
“Constantly in the darkness
Where’s that at?
If you want me I’ll be in the bar”
2014. A new year. All is right with the world. Everything is coming up roses…
Hope that you all had a great new year’s eve and day whether partying with 600 of your closest friends, a small intimate gathering, or just a quiet evening avoiding all the celebrants.
We had an extraordinary twilight to kick off 2014.
The River Day 1 (1-1-11)
When I was RIFed from my job (RIF=Reduction In Force – corporate terminology for: “Goodbye, we are not firing you BUT your job…it’s gone”), I was very uncertain of how to occupy my time. I was casting about for something and my wife said: “you are constantly taking pictures, why don’t you just do what you love and shoot”. So I did. I took a class at ICP, to add structure to my thoughts and life, and started to think about what I wanted to shoot. It soon became clear to me that I was drawn to the Hudson River on an almost daily basis. So, I decided that I would shoot the river every day no matter the weather or how I was feeling. Some days, it might be from a distance but I would shoot it everyday. So I have. Today is January 30th. I have been doing this since 1-1-11. I will be posting a picture a day going forward but first I need to catch up and post all of January. I will be doing this tomorrow. The blog will go live on 2/1/11.
Looking for work is a full time job BUT it is just about the most boring and frustrating job you will ever have and you have to have something else. This started as my something else but it has become my passion. The Hudson is a hugely important river in the history of North America, New York and Manhattan, yet most of us who live on the island do not give it a thought. I have been as guilty of this as anyone. Today, January 30th, I planned to go out for 30 minutes – I was on the river for 3 hours. There is always something different to see or a different way to see it.
A technical note…unless otherwise noted all words and images are fully owned by me, Robert S Johnson, dba “Quotidian Hudson River”, “Quotidian Hudson”, “quotidianhudsonriver.com” and “quotidianhudsonriver.wordpress.com”, and may not be used in any other forum without permission. All images will be presented with minimal editing – I will be setting up a photo site with “final” images down the road. Your comments are most appreciated, whether on the river, the photographs, the writing, the format, or anything else you care to say.