Letters from the alleyway

20140425-180623.jpgLately has been a patch of such intensity, so much pressure in every direction, that each glimmer of tenderness, of humanity, of a hand reaching out in the chaos has felt like a branch that must be held onto tightly in hopes of slowing the relentless slide down a slope.
20140425-180449.jpg20140425-180709.jpgThat dream the other night of a house where everything you touch turns into something else – you pick up the umbrella, it turns into an eel, you grab the doorhandle, it turns into a salamander.
A house of so many tricks and false faces and turns and complications, and in the dream I am trying and trying to leave, to take my son and go live with a man I’ve met by the seaside, a fisherman, to go and live a simple life, the three of us, if I can just escape this house….
But – 20140425-180553.jpgBut I can’t leave.
I can’t extract myself.
Yet.20140425-180419.jpgA couple of nights before that it had been a childhood home, passing through the kitchen and my mother making dinner and instructing me on how I should go out and do all the right things to get this man, to hook this rich guy already and get myself taken care of, fer chrissakes.
He is waiting for me outside, this guy. A producer I know – bit of a hot shot.
He is just up the street, and is impatient there in his fancy car, a sports convertible – he wants me to hurry up and get in the car.20140425-180350.jpgI am annoyed at being hurried.
All I want to do is play in the mud…20140425-180521.jpgWeekly Photo Challenge – Letters

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  1. Such beauty and poignancy… felt your words.

  2. Great intertwining of the dreams and the pictures!

  3. Very creative! Great photos too!

  4. beware of dog – and at the same time, so loney….. some cool clicks here! thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi Katalina,
    Nice pictures. “You can’t leave”. I really can’t. Thanks for sharing this.
    Also, you have a cool blog title. Nose knows. Awesome.

    • Sniff sniff!
      You are having trouble leaving as well?
      There is an eclipse tonight…change is in the air… :)

      • I don’t know why, but what came into my head reading this was the Jimmy Durante song from “The man who came to dinner”:
        “It’s tough to have the feeling that you wanted to go,
        Still have the feeling that you wanted to stay.
        Start to go.
        Change your mind.
        Start to go again but change your mind again.
        It’s tough to have the feeling that you wanted to go,
        Still have the feeling that you wanted to stay.
        Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, si, do.
        I go.
        I’ll stay.”

        Probably because I feel like that sometimes where I want to go, but can’t or I am not sure what I want. Ahh feelings… why must you be so dastardly :)

        • Wow, I had to look up that reference to check it out – the gravelly voice and the simple piano… it did convey a bit of the confused claustrophobia of the dream, but with a more boisterous bluster…
          Thanks for the comment!

        • No problems, it’s a very old reference which is why I wrote the lyrics out. I heard it on an old movie a while ago and it stuck with me. I think about that song when I get stuck like that and even though it doesn’t help me with a decision, it does make me smile :)

  6. I love how you bring it all together and draw us into the dream. Bravo!

  7. Your writing is so beautiful, Kat. These swirling thoughts/dreams/images are so perfectly interwoven.

  8. I want to ! I haven’t . Yet. Been at it for a lifetime. As yet. Still trying ! It is virtually real.

  9. Such a powerful sensory journey. I feel like I know you on an incredibly deep level just through this short piece. Amazing!

    • You are too kind, Callum.
      Just ran into this quote, and it seemed to speak to your comment –
      “The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens into that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was a conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”
      – C.G. Jung

  10. Reblogged this on pumpylee9.

  11. Beautiful post! Was this a real dream?

  12. Super juxtaposition of text and images. I can never remember my dreams, which is probably a good job! Thanks for sharing

  13. This is some deep juxtaposition of solemn thoughts.

  14. Reblogged this on The Higher Firewall and commented:
    Super juxtaposition of text and images. I can never remember my dreams, which is probably a good job!

  15. Thanks for the deeply felt photos and writing :-)

  16. Interesting… And makes one think about how dreams are a shadow of reality… Everyone is in a hurry for luxury, but when it comes to really enjoy something, everyone goes for the simple ones…

    Thank by the way, it was kind of nostalgic and I’ve now got something to write about… :-)

    -ISpontein

  17. Jeremy X Lefebvre April 30, 2014 — 11:54 am

    great post, I loved it.

  18. Beautiful. Makes me want to take Melatonin every night so I can have disturbing, albeit beautifully complicated dreams.

  19. Great post! I felt the depth and the emotion of ever word and the photos were incredible and truly added something incredible to the whole piece. Awesome :)

  20. Like seeing a few still shots from a film . . . with narrative. Powerful.

  21. I know what it is like to want to play in the mud when others want other things.

  22. Yes, to play in the mud.

  23. 你在讲什么?

  24. Great combination of photos and storytelling. Powerful

  25. People say time travel is impossible. Pshhh, scientists.

  26. I really like the name of your blog. Most great things in life can be found by following your nose. I was once advised by my 12 year old brother after moving into a new house that in order to find the shops I should just ‘follow my nose.’ I did, and I found them, as well as an excellent bookshop.

    • Wow! Coming from “the moon is a naked banana” I am truly flattered… :)
      Yes, following the nose or following dreams I find to be pretty reliable, though occasionally, like a curious cat, I get into trouble….

  27. Stupendous. I loved it the first time I went through the photos of words then pictured your words as the dreams were unraveling… Une merveille.

  28. Such beautiful pictures…..loved your blog

  29. I really loved this. In fact I’ve been back twice, just nailed to the screen. Thanks for your offering.

  30. Beautiful. I have always liked posts with a dash of irony in them!

  31. Dreams do give us the solutions to our problems, as they represent the way we would behave if the situation is thrown up in front. Amazing post along with stunning pictures.

  32. Your images and words form a powerful union.

  33. michelefridley May 2, 2014 — 11:52 am

    Love the feel of this piece. It’s like short story mixed with prose. Great style!

  34. Love the imagery and use of descriptive terms. Keep up the great work!

  35. Very nice micro portrayal of a typical life moment of a child ^_^

  36. This. Is. So. Great.

  37. Loved it..and the pictures..wow! Especially the inclined position of the car, thats so very “dreamish”!

  38. How can you be alone with such a bright imagination as you display?

  39. So deep. So much feeling. I love this.

  40. I have very vivid dreams. I need to start writing them down to explore my history.

  41. You write so beautifully. It’s very vivid even without the amazing photos. :D

  42. Our Dreams are fascinating as are your photos that accompanied them :-)

  43. Your post is incredible, can’t wait for more updates

  44. ur blog is fantastic…!!
    i juss started writing..need ur views as it will boost my writing zeal..:)
    i hope u will pay a visit :)
    http://myfreshhopes.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/so-now-that-you-are-ruined-how-do-you-help-you/

  45. Reblogged this on Purplebabyogre's Blog and commented:
    Creative. Beautiful. Great read!!

  46. Beautiful pairing of images and narrative Kat. Congratulations!

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