Shonagon & Fuyu


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

These small postcard size pieces are really a way of marking the events in my auspicious year. It’s an important year (for me) even if it turns out to be a dull one. So far, that hasn’t been the case though. These little images will feed and I hope give inspiration for some larger pieces later. If not, at least I will have a series of small images and text that document this time.

This particular one is made from an altered photograph I took from our most recent and substantial snow fall on Jan. 20th (I seem to be stuck on that date). Of course, it’s an experiment, as all of these little pieces are. I included a line from Sei Shonagon (in red) as well. It reads:
冬は 雪の 降りたるは いふべきにもあらず。
Fuyu wa yuki no furitaru wa ifubeki nimoarazu.

It’s the first part of a quote about winter and snow that reads, “In winter, the early mornings. It is beautiful indeed when snow has fallen during the night, but splendid too when the ground is white with frost….” I cannot give a literal translation here, but it does have to do with winter, snow and its falling (like powder?).


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