"A Symphony is a musical epic. We might say that it is like a voyage leading from one thing to another, farther and farther away through the infinitude of the exterior world. Variations are also like a voyage. But that voyage does not lead through the infinitude of the exterior world. In one of his pensées, Pascal says that man lives between the abyss of the infinitely large and the abyss of the infinitely small. The voyage of variations leads into that other infinitude, into the infinite diversity of the interior world lying hidden in all things. Variation form is the form in which concentration is brought to its maximum; it enables the composer to speak only of essentials, to go straight to the core of the matter. A theme for variations often consists of no more than sixteen measures. At the end of his life, Beethoven goes inside those sixteen measures as if down a shaft leading into the interior of the earth. The voyage into that other infinitude is no less adventurous than the voyage of the epic. It is how the physicist penetrates into the wondrous depths of the atom. With every variation we move farther and farther away from the initial theme, which resembles the last variation as little as a flower its image under a microscope. Man knows he cannot embrace the universe with its suns and stars. Much more unbearable is for him to be condemned to lack the other infinitude, that infinitude near at hand, within reach. All of us are lacking in our work because in pursuit of perfection we go toward the core of the matter but never quite get to it. That the infinitude of the exterior world escapes us we accept as natural. But we reproach ourselves until the end of our lives for lacking that other infinitude. We ponder the infinitude of the stars but are unconcerned about finding the infinitude our father has within him. There is nothing more unbearable than lacking the being we loved, those sixteen measures and the interior world of their infinitude of possibilities.” -From Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Tea Party by Sun and Moonlight
Arnafoss, East Fjords, Iceland
Don’t forget to look at the tiny things beneath your feet.
Fjállsarlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
Arnafoss, East Fjörds Iceland
Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Vatnajökull National Park Iceland
Fjallsárlon Glacier Lagoon
Raufarholshellir: Because why not lug a full frame camera and 200mm telephoto through a bunch of pointy rocks and shoot ice formations by light of headlamp?
Raufarholshellir Lava Tube