Saturday, April 23, 2005

Shapes and signs

The 'shapes of travel' appear every time I look up before embarking on a journey. It's not the same shape every time, but there is a kind of symbolism to it. It's almost like a sign, but the only thing is that it appears after the journey has begun.



Sometimes, I wonder why I look upwards before starting a journey? Is it the endless possibilities of travel? Is it something deep down inside or just a habit? And how come I don't notice any shapes when the journey is ending?

Somehow, you don't look up when the journey is over. You don't see the shapes. You don't see the signs. Maybe you are too caught up in thinking about the past, or getting ready to face the future.


17 comments:

gulnaz said...
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gulnaz said...

what nice, clean lines...good roof you were sitting under. :)i don't look for shapes before travelling...(ain't that evolved ;)) even the most ordinary journey fills me with excitment, anticipation...the promise rarely comes true...though. :( perhaps i shd take cue from your last stanza and l e a r n!

Anonymous said...

You seem to travel a lot! Lucky you! :)

I don't pay attention to such things when I am about to board. All I want is the plane to take off and land and then do what i'm supposed to do! But it's just me! lol

Miss Qt
miss-qt.com

la devil said...

for me its when the journey starts that i think abt the past, abt what i'm leaving behind.
n get ready for the take off to some new faroff land. :)

jenn see said...

centers of travel are amazing opportunities for observation.

Cori said...

...those goodbye glances are always the best- for me it's the anticipation of missing what I know- the hope that somehow it will become new again.

jonny ragel said...

maybe by the end of the trip your neck is too jacked-up to move around. or you're hung over and looking up will only enhance the pressing circular motion of the fluid in your ears. or I suppose it could be something poetic as you claim. I've never had any reason to distrust people who take pictures in airports and trainstations. you seem like a weird charming group.

cheers.

. : A : . said...

gulnaz - Yes, that was a good roof I was sitting under!

Miss Qt - To each his / her own! ;-)

la devil - Journey's always tend to bring back the past when they begin, don't they?

jenn see - Agree.

Cori - And when things change for the better while you are gone.

johnny crash - Interesting perspective. ;-) Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

GratisGab said...

Good observations and nice description...

stan laurel said...

Perhaps, when you return, you are facing toward home. When you begin any sort of travel, you are facing the world.

Ubermensch said...

lovely snap...reminded me of escher....and the text, very apt...
>> it all comes back again
and
again

Ninja said...

I always like your pictures they seem so simple to find but yet you have to be looking to see them.

mermaid said...

Maybe you anticipate the journey before it begins, hence the shapes of thought. At the end, perhaps the shapes have internalized into inner relections, as the outside world has been stored inside you.

J said...

I look up too. I see the signs too. But at times, I just ignore them. I don’t read the signs. Don’t interpret them. Miss the opportunity. And realise it all at the end of the journey, when I’m pensive again!

. : A : . said...

GratisGab, Ninja - Thanks for dropping by and for your comment. Look forward to seeing you again.

stan laurel, mermaid - Perhaps yes. This was an interesting thought.

Ubermensch - Thanks.

J - And then a new journey begins ...

patina said...

outstanding symmetry. what a beautiful and clever view.

. : A : . said...

patina - Thanks!