Bach Cello Suite

Thank you Yo Yo

Yo Yo Ma playing Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 to those awaiting their vaccinations in Pittsfield Massachusetts after he had received his is such an inspiring moment of grace and beauty.

Take a moment and enjoy this recording of his playing the Prelude from the Suite in 1983.

10 new leaves and a little Bach

666…in progress – Day XXXVII

10 more leaves today before the final 15 tomorrow.

Enjoy the beginning of my favorite cello suite, the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 played by Mstislav Rostropovich together with a new over my shoulder video of the first leaf of the day.

Darkest before the Light

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Over the last few days the events around the world have seemed so apocalyptic that I felt a need to express the emotion that I know we all must feel as we look at images of agony, despair, sadness and grief every day.

My initial response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers was meant to be amusing and light-hearted. A shredded piece of paper “O help” is prominent amongst thousands of similarly shredded pieces lying within the shredder; a simple straight forward technically successful photographic image.

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However it was only when I re-posted it as a monochrome image for Leanne Cole’s weekly gallery Monochrome Madness that I started to see it in a completely different light, as something much more than just an amusing photo. It became a photographic metaphor for a sense helplessness, a real cry for help to stop the madness.

The second photograph I posted for the Photo Challenge was a peaceful-looking view of container ships in English Bay Vancouver viewed from a trouble-free beach. What could be more peaceful?  But with today’s re-edited photograph of those ships waiting in the Bay the view is much more foreboding.

I know this post is unusually dark for me, but sometimes there is a need to make an honest statement expressing how we really feel. Today, as I reflected on all the the sadness in the Netherlands, Malaysia, the Ukraine, the Middle East, Nigeria, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Britain, Canada, the United States and all the other places in our world where there is so much grief and loss, it seemed this was a day for honesty.

But I will end on a note of hope, a musical note, the prelude from Bach’s first cello suite play by the great humanitarian Pablo Casals. It is always darkest before the light, and tomorrow it will be lighter I promise, but today for me is a day for reflection and sorrow as I send my deepest sympathy to all those who have lost their loved ones wherever you may be.