February 5, 2011

Window watchers

"...If this hadn't happened, who could understand why in the end you refused to go away from the window, obstinate as you always were? You wanted to see the people passing by; for the thought had occurred to you that someday you might make something out of them, if you decided to begin."
--The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Rainer Maria Rilke
One thing I've always loved about Manhattan is that there is always something or someone to observe; better yet, everything is so squished together that you don't have to travel very far to see lots of different things.

I took this photo during my first visit to the city. It's been almost 4 years since then, but the image of this woman sticks with me to this day, and I don't even know her. Imagine what you or I could make out of her, if only, as Rilke said, we decided to begin.

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