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traveling inward

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Windowseat

Maybe the weather, maybe a series of events that have become a struggle…sometimes one has to take a long trip inward. This image of a castle window seat, in the Castilla Belmonte, in the LaMancha region of central Spain reminds me of that inward trek. As I wander alone, looking at this image, I imagine the numbers of women and men back in time that have sat at this window seat, pondering their own imbroglios. It is somehow comforting to know that there were places in the architecture of an old castle made specifically for contemplation.



Written by Ken Smith

May 5th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Posted in Philosophy,Travel

church bells and half moon

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On a side street in Xilitla, Mexico is a church with a row of churchbells, and on the right late afternoon, a half moon.




Written by Ken Smith

March 21st, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Posted in Landscape,Travel

mexico church

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I am deep into several projects, and hope to post some examples soon. In the meantime, how about a trip to mexico….




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March 17th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Posted in Landscape,Travel

el escorial

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I am still thinking about Spain. When I lived in Madrid, I would make weekend trips out into the countryside. A couple of times I visited El Escorial, a monastery and palace built by Felipe II in the last half of the 1500s.



This image of the monastery and gardens was made with my trusty Canon F1 on Tri-X film.

Below, is another image of a beautiful hallway in the building.



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March 3rd, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Posted in Travel

spanish sheep

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Yesterday, I got an email from a friend from Madrid, Spain, where I was fortunate enough to work for over a year….jeez, it was 20 years ago. Just reading the email took me back as if it was last week. It is no wonder I look back at that short time with memories of adventure and a romantic aire. On one of the many weekend trips, Miguel and his wife, Beatriz, took me to her family home in a small town northwest of Madrid. We drank red wine and ate traditional food in the bar in the town square, and then visited Carlos, Beatriz’ brother. Carlos has a small ranch with an eclectic stone house, and he raises sheep and cattle.

I carried my Canon F-1 everywhere, so I was ready when Carlos’ sheep gathered to study this foreigner.

spanishsheep

Written by Ken Smith

January 20th, 2010 at 12:14 am

Posted in Travel

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