Monday, 2 February 2015


This is a photo of Coniston Water taken from a lakeside position below Brantwood, formerly John Ruskin's house. 

As you see, there is nothing much to it apart from some water and a jetty with hills in the distance. Yet somehow the light on the water made it worth a photo. If I'd turned my camera away from the light, the water would have been a dark mass, cold and uninteresting. 

Yet what does one say about a common enough sight? And if we do say something, do the words mould the picture or does the picture mould the words? Both presumably, but for me there is also a stillness which needs no words. Too easy to say too much. 

One of those contemplative scenes, easy to gaze on while thinking of nothing in particular.


Demetrius said...

Is that Sir Malcolm Campbell coming up on the left?

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - it could be, should I have waved or something?

Michael said...

Or as Damon Runyon might say 'A good place for thinking of not much'!

A K Haart said...

Michael - perhaps Ruskin chose the location for that reason.