If you want to see your ghost, light a candle; you’ll find nothing in the dark but fear.
Don’t prime that blank canvas for all the colours of a misdirected imagination, when there is help at hand; every flame relies on the fire of another.
Take it, and with wick ignited, find the courage to hold your own light aloft; it is then that you will see things as they truly are; that you will realise shadows are not the same as apparitions.
This too is how you’ll come to glimpse the door; to realise it is possible for you to rise, flame in hand, and emerge into the day –
That place where silhouettes diminish with each rising movement of the sun.
And when it sets, you’ll see your light remains;
A fire now burning brightly;
That might one day help another.
By Emma Hynes
This image and story are part of a project I have devised called There Are No Fixed Stars, my creative response to living with COVID-19 restrictions. On 22 October 2020, Ireland’s highest level of protective measures was invoked nationwide for a period of six weeks. Starting on that date, and continuing for the duration, I plan to capture a new image each day, and write a piece inspired by it. The only restrictions are that I take the photograph and write the text within this timeframe. To receive these daily posts to your inbox, you can subscribe by hitting the follow button to the right, and entering your email address. They will also be posted to my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook profiles; I may even read a selection on my YouTube channel. You can follow or subscribe to any of those at the links below. In a time when variety, freedom, stimulation and spontaneity are necessarily inhibited, my hope is to experience these each day through the creation of something new, and that the resulting pieces might do the same for anyone who chooses to view or read them.
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There Are No Fixed Stars
Day One – A Creative Response to Now
Day Two – Suspension
Day Three – From the Perspective of the Dahlia
Day Four – The Writer at Dawn
Day Five – Beneath the Viaduct
Day Six – Nature’s Book
Day Seven – The Lighthouse
Day Eight – Formations
Day Nine – Rebirth