The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Theme Day: Doorways

Bowery at Spring St in Chinatown. New York City

Abandoned house in the Pink Zone of the city

Palace of Fine Arts / Palacio de Bellas Artes

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A warrior-hunter deals intimately with his world, and yet he is inaccessible to that same world. He taps it lightly, stays for as long as he needs to, and then swiftly moves away, leaving hardly a mark.
For an average man, the world is weird because if he's not bored with it, he's at odds with it. For a warrior, the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable. A warrior must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous time.
A warrior must learn to make every act count, since he is going to be here in this world for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.
Acts have power. Especially when the warrior acting knows that those acts are his last battle. There is a strange consuming happiness in acting with the full knowledge that whatever he is doing may very well be his last act on earth.
A warrior must focus his attention on the link between himself and his death. Without remorse or sadness or worrying, he must focus his attention on the fact that he does not have time and let his acts flow accordingly. He must let each of his acts be his last battle on earth. Only under those conditions will his acts have their rightful power.
Otherwise they will be for as long as he lives, the acts of a fool.
Carlos Castaneda.

Happy Halloween!


New York City and Washington series continue in Sketches of Cities.

Gracias por su visita. / Thanks for visiting, please be sure that I read each and every one of your kind comments and I appreciate them all. Stay tune.


cieldequimper said...

Gorgeous photos, all of them. The top two are fantastic.

Paula Werner Severo said...

Your photos are all great but the first one is so wondefull! what an angle! loved so much!

joo said...

The first photo is brillant!

Randy said...

These are wonderful. Hope you had a good day.

Julie said...

excellent photos and I love the ghost! you are so clever. I wodner how many people will miss it!

sofia said...

La primera foto me encanto, otra mas que quiero para mi coleccion.

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AB said...

I really like the first shot. The perspective and monochrome treatment work well.

Jilly said...

Fabulous photos for theme day. The angles on that first one are extraordinary - maybe you do something clever in Photoshop, I don't know!

Love the hidden spirit in the last one!