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.
Every word you speak and every letter of the alphabet, is thousands of years old. The origins of many Western languages are perhaps 10,000 years old with Indo-European roots. Without the historical development of words that we use everyday, we would be unable to think and communicate as we do now. In addition without your learning your own language in the past when you were young, you would not be able to read or understand this writing you are reading at this moment So the past is quite alive -- we live it everyday.
Without the past
the present cannot be understood
and has no meaning
The French animated silent film of 1902, A Trip to the Moon, foreshadowed the actual moon missions 70 years later, even though such a journey was considered pure fantasy when the movie was made. For example, space capsules used in the actual moon missions by the USA look almost exactly like the capsules in the French animated film (see above and next). This cannot be coincidence -- and it is through such 'work of the imagination' (my phrase) that the dreams of the past influences the accomplishments of the future.
Without the future
the present has no purpose
Apollo 17 space capsule above the moon in 1972.
Four space probes, Pioneer 10 & 11 and Voyager 1 & 2 launched in the 1970s, are now at or past the edge of our solar system. It will be the task of future generations to send humans to explore our planets and eventually other stars and beyond.
A depiction of another ancient god associated with the passage of time, the winged primordial Greek god Chronos who was the god of time, illustrating the flight of time or that time flies. "The triumphs of Petrarch. The triumph of time; Chronos as a winged figure with two crutches riding on a cart drawn by two stags to right; accompanied by figures ordered according to their age, from young children at right to an old man at left; in right background two children with a walking-frame; from a series of six engravings. c.1539 Engraving." British Museum
"Chronos [ED: the ancient Greek god of time] as a winged figure with two crutches riding on a cart" an hour glass at his feet (detail from the above engraving).
Text, editing, research & design by Rick Doble. All images are from commons.wikimedia.org unless otherwise noted.