Signboards

Tribeca Skyline, Manhattan, New York, New York. Ilford HP5+ BW negative 35mm film.
New York, Manhattan

I once saw a sunset like that, over the lake near the old tanning factory back home. It was winter and I was going back for Christmas break. I remember the light flashing through the trees woke me up, and I pressed my face against the window just before the bus turned away onto the overpass.

Sometimes I think I only see moments like that through some kind of screen.
Michael Cho, Shoplifter

Run on the Avenue of Stars

Avenue of Stars, Skyline/Cityscape, Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, Victoria Harbour, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Kowloon

‘I begin to feel increasingly at home in big cities,’ Kazuo Ishiguro once told me when I asked him if he felt himself a foreigner everywhere. ‘Perhaps because big cities have become the place where people of different backgrounds tend to congregrate.’ I think I know what he meant, though he, of course, is 100 percent Japanese, just as I, who’d seldom been in India, was 100 percent Indian.
Pico Iyer, The Global Soul

Heavenly Bodies

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (watch the short video)

Are you still there? Yeah… I thought so.

The Two Towers

Cathedral of St Stephen, CBD, Brisbane, Queensland
Brisbane CBD

4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5 Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The Lord said, “If, as one people all having the same language, they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
Genesis (Holman Christian Standard)

Scattered or not, we still managed to build towers with their tops in the sky.

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
– John F. Kennedy