This portrait was shot using a Mamiya RB67 and Kodak Portra 160NC colour negative 120 roll film. This is a straight scan of the original with no editing.

Thank you so much Sophie Shapiro for providing these lovely words by Mary Oliver.

The Journey
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice – – -
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
‘Mend my life!’
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations – – -
though their melancholy
was terrible. It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do – – – determined to save
the only life you could save.

Words by Mary Oliver

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film, mediumformat, studiolighting, aglaia b, mffpab, portrait, colour, sadness

Comments

  • Mike Paget
    Mike Pagetabout 6 years ago

    Lovely portrait!

  • thanks very muchly mike! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • Leno
    Lenoabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful…… love brown eyed girls…sorry digression!:))

  • ha ha
    thanks leno! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait, such lovely hair & rich brown eyes

  • thank you sweet pinkyjain. ;-) xox ♥

    – aglaia b

  • shapiro
    shapiroabout 6 years ago

    The Journey
    One day you finally knew
    what you had to do, and began,
    though the voices around you
    kept shouting
    their bad advice – - -
    though the whole house
    began to tremble
    and you felt the old tug
    at your ankles.
    ‘Mend my life!’
    each voice cried.
    But you didn’t stop.

    You knew what you had to do,
    though the wind pried
    with its stiff fingers
    at the very foundations – - -
    though their melancholy
    was terrible.It was already late
    enough, and a wild night,
    and the road full of fallen
    branches and stones.

    But little by little,
    as you left their voices behind,
    the stars began to burn
    through the sheets of clouds,
    and there was a new voice,
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,
    that kept you company
    as you strode deeper and deeper
    into the world,
    determined to do
    the only thing you could do – - – determined to save
    the only life you could save.

    Words by Mary Oliver

    A wonderful emotive photograph Aglaia which reflects your Spirituality. Your emotions are in harmony with the highest possible expression of love! Fantastic!Sxxx

  • what a beautiful poem you write here by mary oliver.
    i enjoyed it very much.
    i feel rich sophie for crossing paths with such a lovely lady as yourself.
    thanks so much for your delightful comment and lovely placement of this poem. ;-) xox ♥ ☀

    – aglaia b

  • shapiro
    shapiroabout 6 years ago

    I feel rich Sophie for crossing paths with such a lovely lady as yourself
    And I Aglaia feel exactly the same!Sxox……..you must teach me how to do the heart! My next lesson!Sx

  • ♥♥♥♥

    – aglaia b

  • Leno
    Lenoabout 6 years ago

    Thanks aglaia…..great song!xxx

  • botticcelli
    botticcelliabout 6 years ago

    you look so very beautiful…!

  • ha ha tis not me rafeal.
    yes she is very beautiful, thanks. ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • RebeccaT
    RebeccaTabout 6 years ago

    What a beautiful portrait…such emotion. I love it! :)

  • deliriousgirl
    deliriousgirlabout 6 years ago

    Oh Woweeee! Spectacular rich colour you’ve caught here!!!!

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    great capture

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