"What's in a Name?" An Excursus

As many might know, the title of this blog post is a quote from Shakespeare.  The full quote is, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  It's from his famous work, Romeo and Juliet, and was spoken by Juliet.  She was in love with Romeo, but alas, he was a Montague and she was a Capulet.  Think Hatfields and McCoys here.  And so, upon reflection, she thinks about the mismatch between her lover's name, those despised three syllables, and what he truly is: her beloved boo.  This kind of reflection is wise for any two people considering the age old venture of becoming one flesh.  What matters is the person, not the pronunciation.  What matters is the thing, not the moniker.  Or more broadly, what's important is the concept, not the tag or label.

In Praise of Shadows

I noted before that I've seen several themes show up here and there in my image library: the wide use of doors, windows, shadows, and others.  Surely, loving the pursuit and writing with light, these are bound to show up once in a while, how could they not?  But they appear quite a bit in my images and I've wondered why?  If I were to recline on a couch and have a psychotherapist draw out my earliest memories would they find untold treasures or horrors pertaining to these themes?  Probably not...