Yet I doubt you will understand the reasons for my silence. The more ‘sensible’ of my readers, who are less inclined towards the nonsensical, will assume that I simply had nothing to shout from the rooftops about. They couldn’t be more wrong.
I have dozens of notebooks, full of pages of half-written blogs. Stories that had, at the time, some interesting content, but were never quite finished. Then, when they were finished, the timing was all wrong and they were left abandoned, like toys strewn on the lawn when it starts raining and the kids run indoors... Seemingly wasted, damaged, not to be used again… Writing is to me what air is to a bird. Only I'm not always scribbling down lines on a page, or typing on a Word document… No, no, my mind is writing for me! By the time you get to this point on the page, I will have already written and re-written in my head a hundred versions of what I was going to blog about, and I am trying to rescue, dry off and re-arrange those toys…
But it’s all an illusion – silence – the world is not a silent place and the constant hum of life carries on 24/7. Things otherwise unnoticeable are forever in motion and the reason for life in the first place. To you, I’m silent, but to me - the silence is deafening! When something good or bad happens, when I see something that awakens my sense of wonder or dread, I feel that’s my own, personal experience and that putting it into words at the time will spoil it. When asked what I am thinking about, I normally simply reply "nothing really"!
But whilst it helps me think and create, what silence doesn’t do is write my blogs for me. My last one was back in January so what have I been doing all this time?
I have been in talks with Harewood House who are interested in selling some of my images in their shop and want to begin a trial run shortly. We’re looking at 10x8 mounted - from pictures of the House, to the Hedwig-like snowy owl – a usual favourite with children who have just visited Harewood’s Bird Garden, right to the stunning autumnal landscapes of the grounds, Harewood have chosen seven images to start with, with a view to expand the portfolio, if the venture proves successful. With 250,000 visitors a year, this is not only good exposure for David Oakes Photography, but shows once again that Harewood House leads the way in supporting local small businesses and are a truly responsible and community-conscious business. All being well, the prints should be on site within the next couple of weeks.
Until next time...take a few minutes and listen to the silence!
"Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me, / il nome mio nessun saprà! / Tramontate, stelle! / All'alba vincerò! / Vincerò, vincerò!"