To the Roses

Posted by: georgepitts

"It is interesting to observe, however, that if one says that flowers are beautiful, it is because they seem to conform to what must be, in other words they represent, as flowers, the human ideal.
Many things can be altered in human societies, but nothing will prevail against the natural truth that a beautiful woman or a red rose signifies love
For flowers do not age honestly like leaves, which lose nothing of their beauty, even after they have died; flowers wither like old and overly made-up dowagers, and they die ridiculously on stems that seemed to carry them to the clouds.
The most admirable flower for that reason would not be represented, following the verbiage of the old poets, as the faded expression of an angelic ideal, but, on the contrary, as a filthy and glaring sacrilege."
-excerpts from "The Language of Flowers" from the book of essays entitled "Visions of Excess: Selected Writings 1927-1939" by philosopher George Bataille (author of the transgressive novella, "The Story Of The Eye")

Annabelle Lee

Posted by: nathanappel





It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea. 

Edgar Allen Poe

Looking at self...

Posted by: nathanappel

I have always found self portraiture to be the most difficult form of photography. Perhaps I find it frustrating getting to know the space around me, what I have to work with, keeping a strong yet gentle facial expression when squeezing the cable release. It could also be the fact that I am very self critical and have to look myself in the eyes.

" It is the self, the individual, that interests us now and that we try to pick out of the darkness; the self is the light in which we "relate" to the past, or raid it."

 Self portraits by April-lea Hutchinson (Graflex rail camera - 4 x 5 Polaroids) 



Sovereign Syre

I find it A-"MUSE"-ING...

Posted by: nathanappel

“I met model Johanna a couple years ago while in NYC. She is also Canadian and a very tall model, much like myself. We clicked instantly and formed a connection and friendship. Some might call her my muse, and I’d agree with that statement. She truly does inspire me. I guess in a sense I have many muses. It's not the number of times I photograph a model to deem her a muse, it's to do with the openness, the willingness and connection.  Johanna and I share a level of connection, trust, and intimacy, and it shines through in these photographs. Right now, Johanna and I seem like worlds away, I look forward to reuniting with her somewhere, some place down the road. It’s something wonderful to look forward to.”

Photography and Note By April-lea Hutchinson


Palesaent-my first shoot

Posted by: nathanappel

Writing has been difficult for me as I've always thought my writing wasn't good enough. I come from a family of writers and always compared myself to them. So I'm just going to write from my brain and try not to think whether it's better or worse.

I was always intrigued by photography, the first person to really catch my eye was Chase. I never aspired to model, but I met Bob Coulter through the internet while I was living in Oregon. I ended up moving to New York in 2009, and suddenly we had the chance to work together. So I said "fuck it" let's do it. I was and still am pretty shy so I took a fair amount of alcohol with me to the shoot. We shot and I ended up passing out on the hotel bed. He had to dress me and put my shoes back on so we could leave. When we spoke again he said he liked the pictures but had no interest in ever shooting me again. I can understand that. Despite that experience, I knew that something in me had come alive and had found a source of self expression I was never able to grasp otherwise. I had no idea how much my life would change after that first shoot.

Here is one picture from that shoot

Thanks for reading, Palesaent

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