STILL/QUIETO

 
Caron advertisement (edited) from Vogue (Paris) - June 1939 (domaine public)

Caron advertisement (edited) from Vogue (Paris) - June 1939 (domaine public)

“I was looked at, but I wasn’t seen.”
— - Albert Camus, The Misunderstanding
jo diggs, mother earth father sky (detail), 1986

jo diggs, mother earth father sky (detail), 1986

“I will touch you with my mind. Touch you and touch and touch until you give me suddenly a smile, shyly obscene; I will touch you with my mind.”
— — e. e. cummings, from The Collected Poems; “Lady,” written c. March 1931
Heartsick, loveless

Heartsick, loveless

“As an ancient proverb says, three fingers hold the pen, but the whole body works. And aches.”
— — Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
ana takahashi

ana takahashi

“To dress up is to get ready to play a part.”
— —Yves Saint Laurent
Sisterhood. Palestine. Anja Niedringhaus.

Sisterhood. Palestine. Anja Niedringhaus.

 
“The villa is on the edge of the lake, we bathe and boat and go excursions into the mountains. And yet, I feel I can’t breathe. Everything is free and perfectly easy. And yet I can’t breathe. Perhaps it is one can’t live with people any more –”
— — D. H. Lawrence, from a letter to Catherine Carswell wr. c. August 1921
Trashy ikebana by Sabine Timm

Trashy ikebana by Sabine Timm

“I have been very lazy this last month and put everything off. The whole experience of being broken and mended has exhausted me both mentally and psychologically. I need empty days and barren landscapes.”
— — Sylvia Plath, from a letter to Dorothy Benotti written c. March 1961
Senju Shunga

Senju Shunga

“I am in a good mood. I have washed my seashells to their pristine whiteness. I have started to dream profusely day and night. The blood is circulating again. I write in my head.”
— — Anaïs Nin, from a diary entry featured in Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary; 1939-1947
Annie Sprinkle, Bosom Ballet, 1991

Annie Sprinkle, Bosom Ballet, 1991

Frank Horvat, “New York Up & Down”, 1980s

Frank Horvat, “New York Up & Down”, 1980s

“We should meet in another life, we should meet in the air, me and you.”
— — Sylvia Plath / Lesbos
The Row

The Row

“I can’t really stand human beings sometimes – I know they all have their problems as I have mine - but I’m really too tired for it. Trying to understand, making allowances, seeing certain things that just weary me. (…) I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really… starting tomorrow I will take care of myself for that’s all I really have and as I see it now have ever had.”
— – Marilyn Monroe; written on an undated scrap from a notebook
Clear sky’s against polluted Air at Tiananmen Square (China) by Feng Li

Clear sky’s against polluted Air at Tiananmen Square (China) by Feng Li

“And when she thought of him her eyes were kind.”
— — Amy Lowell, from Men, Women & Ghosts; “Figurines in Old Saxe,” c. 1929
Michael Seif

Michael Seif

“Will I finally be alone with the sea? Will I finally be alone with my heart?”
— — Émile Verhaeren, from The Black Torches: Poems; “The Rock,” c. 1891
To Night, Percy Bysshe Shelley  "Death will come when thou art dead, Soon, too soon— Sleep will come when thou art fled; Of neither would I ask the boon I ask of thee, belovèd Night— Swift be thine approaching flight, Come soon, soon!“

To Night, Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Death will come when thou art dead, Soon, too soon— Sleep will come when thou art fled; Of neither would I ask the boon I ask of thee, belovèd Night— Swift be thine approaching flight, Come soon, soon!“

“Change is inevitable. No matter if it’s good or bad, change is one of the few things in life you can always rely on. Don’t fear it, but feel reassured - you won’t live the same life all along.”
— — t.k
SERRA PELADA

SERRA PELADA

“I am getting so strong again that I hardly know myself. It is as if I had passed through some long nightmare, and had just awakened to see the beautiful sunshine and feel the fresh air of the morning around me.”
— — Bram Stoker, from The Collected Prose Works; “Dracula,” wr. c. 1897
Emilio Villalba

Emilio Villalba

“I held you in my embrace warm and gleaming, my complete grief.”
— — Maria Polydouri, tr. by Manolis Aligizakis, from “Pride,” written c. 1927
Andrea del Sarto,  Lady with a book of Petrarch’s rhyme , detail, 1528

Andrea del Sarto, Lady with a book of Petrarch’s rhyme, detail, 1528

“Every sound she utters is such / a cry of grief, all language could be / drowned in it. She makes me think that / the saddest words are only a failure to cry.”
— — Brendan Kennelly, from Euripides’ Medea: A New Version
honeydon.t

honeydon.t

“So, this boy is a horse galloping
towards you, so much bark, forest in his throat—
you can’t hold your breath. This is
is how we wound.”
— — Karese Burrows, from “Little Beast,” This Is How We Lost Each Other