Too often we seem consumed in the moment. It's not a bad thing per se, but the bandwidth of our temporal concentration seems to be narrowing. In part it's due to the digital age we live in as we now use the 1s and 0s streaming in and out of our lives to reinforce the construction of our cocoons.
I'm not railing at the gates of Nineveh or sitting under the grape leaves in contemplation of what you ought to do. I admit to my own restrictive temporal paradigm. I work with digital images and spend a great deal of time in front of a computer. (It's the only way I can see my photography. Since I have such terrible eyesight a 46" desktop display helps me discover the good ones amongst all the rejects—about one in ten actually).
Getting to the point: The above image is dedicated Jeanette DeMain and odetteroulette. But allow me to expand that to the point I was making above. It is a small token, really, for all the pain and suffering our friends have had to endure. I sent the image as a gift to Jeanette and Odette simply as a reminder to them that they are not out of my thoughts.
I love Nashville and have been several times to the Opryland Hotel on my bride's business trips. I've wandered around the city, visited their fabulous zoo and on a solo photo road trip began my journey to Mississippi on the Natchez Trace where it begins just southwest of the city.
On one trip there, and on my way to the Loveless Cafe, I spent some time at the Mount Olivet Cemetery and took the shot above at the Confederate Circle. It represents for me an odd mixture of hope and despair, something the residents of Nashville have had in full measure.
To Odette and Jeanette—to your families and friends—we're breaking through our cloistered digital bubble and remembering what you still have to endure. We offer our thoughts, prayers and hopes for a quick recovery and for your strength to help yourselves and your neighbors.
The above image is offered for anyone's use in a similar message of hope and support to loved ones while acknowledging their pain and loss. A larger version of it is here. I simply ask that you attribute it as follows: "Image © 2007 barry b. doyle, used by permission." If you do, it'd be nice if you sent me a note that you used it and a link to where you posted it—thanks.
image copyright © 2007 by barry b. doyle • all rights reserved
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