The Antique Pattern

Photography: Trish Jean

“Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Letting myself get to the heart of the matter today helped me to feel how I feel, to realise that the past six and a half weeks has completely depleted me. It was a real relief actually. It’s time for renewal and there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in the late afternoon sun…vibrancy, velvet, unfurling, texture, presence, growth, colour, cycle…it’s all there and I can get there too.

“Reshaping life! People who can say that have never understood a thing about life—they have never felt its breath, its heartbeat—however much they have seen or done. They look on it as a lump of raw material that needs to be processed by them, to be ennobled by their touch. But life is never a material, a substance to be molded. If you want to know, life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself, it is infinitely beyond your or my obtuse theories about it.” Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


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