Virginia Woolf, “Let me sit here for ever with bare things”

You may remember my Nepal:Shop Ladies post from June 7th. I was so proud of my blog that day when I received the Congratulations! email and learned it would be promoted on the WordPress Freshly Pressed site. I knew my photographs and poems would reach thousands of people. Visitors were so kind with their words and I was elated the Shop Ladies touched the blogging community in such a way. How lovely the image below would have been with the Shop Ladies. Since I am still sorting through my photographs, I recently came across it and was happy to give it some time.
I saw the woman on a walk home to the monastery one night. I love how she is centered, her patterned shirt against the bolts of patterned fabrics, and her face aglow from the store light. She sat on the stoop, prayer beads in hand. A time for daily prayer. Luckily, she looked at me and I caught the moment. This is a full frame image which means it has not been cropped. I am pleased about that because I have been working hard to frame images in a way that I will not need to crop later. This image feels like it was meant to be.

“How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.”
― Virginia Woolf, The Waves Filia_130530_5-151-2*Photo from Kathmandu, Nepal, 2013

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