These short poems & quasi-essays are experiments & explorations. I also merge pictures and text to create a third meaning from the two. Like Nietzsche I want to say in 30 words or less what others take hundreds to say. I am both a photographer and a writer and my visual and written work have been widely published. Text, design & research by me, Rick Doble unless otherwise noted. Images are from commons.wikimedia.org unless otherwise noted.
That Revealed The Real World In 1905 About Einstein's thought experiments and his ability to imagine in the moment
Left: Full shot of the Zytglogge tower in Bern Switzerland,
with the astronomical clock on the bottom and the bell at the top in the tower
Right: Close-up of the bell and bell ringer in the tower
Full shot of the astronomical clock (left) with the animated figures (right)
that parade and move every hour, known as the Zytglogge bellworks
Close-up of the hour hand and Zodiac wheel
Father Time sits next to the astronomical clock
and presides over the animated figures who parade every hour
A sketch of the Zytglogge tower and clock from 1534
A figure representing Chronos, the Greek god of time, who strikes the bell, that was cast in 1405, on the hour
A shaft of light
Late one night
after struggling with the physics of light,
Albert heard the distinctive ring
of Bern's Zytglogge clock tower,
with its 500 year-old bell
struck by a figure
representing Chronos, the Greek god of time.
In a flash
he was riding a streetcar
at the speed of light
and looking back at the time on the Bern clock
which froze because the light from its later time could never catch him.
Yet he could see the minutes on his pocket watch were
And then he knew
time was relative.
A streetcar with the clock behind it
around the time Einstein lived in Bern
Bern streetcar around the time Einstein lived there
Left: Inner workings of a pocket watch
Right: A Swiss pocket watch made around 1900 with Roman numerals
The man who arrives at the doors of artistic creation with none of the madness of the Muses would be convinced that technical ability alone was enough to make an artist... what that man creates by means of reason will pale before the art of inspired beings.