Gakyō Rōjin

Hokusai painting the Great Daruma at Honganji Nagoya Betsuin (Nishi-Honganji) in 1817.

A compelling aspect is the way in which Hokusai’s work burgeoned as he aged. An unconscious reaction to feeling we are yet to realise our potential.

Endurance Through Renewal

The Giza pyramid complex includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure

I came across a stone bench that appeared to be very old. Carved into an ancient looking wall, dappled in moss, thick creepers wound across its surface.

The Pied Piper of Zoom

The Pied Piper leads the children out of Hamelin. Illustration by Kate Greenaway for Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"

In a sense, our online privacy is much like a child, vulnerable to the world and easily spirited away by a platform which offers ease of connection.

The Perfect Moment

John Keats 1819 by Joseph Severn (1793–1879)

Though it is not clear if this is the poet or the urn speaking, what is clear is that the passage seeks to transcend visual value.

‘Oh, the humanity!’

Zeppelin the Hindenburg on fire at the mooring mast of Lakehurst (United States of America) 6 May 1937. Ballast water is thrown down. Exit airships.

The past, which comes flooding in, transports us to a moment which is both frozen in time and animated by our thinking. ‘Oh, the humanity!’

Catharsis

Vision of the angelic hierarchy

At times, writing alone is not action enough to free my thinking from its melancholy trends. In such times I turn to that most lyric of the muses, Euterpe.