Category: Quotes
The Divine Dissatisfaction

‘There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.  The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open. No artist is ever pleased.  There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

~Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille

Barbara Morgan, "Ekstasis", photo of Martha Graham's torso

Barbara Morgan, "Ekstasis", photo of Martha Graham's torso


Dublin | At the Brazen Head Pub

I don’t remember what her name was but these were taken in the cold of summer in Dublin. The Brazen Head pub boasts that it’s the oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 1198.

Joyce referred to the pub in the “Eumaeus” chapter of Ulysses,

…you get a decent enough do at the Brazen Head.

The soft swirled glass of the windows in these photos had an inscription etched into it: “John Langan halted here, 7th August, 1726.” I did too, sometime in June 2008.

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Nikon D800, 35-70mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 35-70mm

Nikon D800, 35-70mm © Doug Kim