The Grain of Wood Runs True
I have a brother who builds wooden boats,
Who knows precisely how a board
Can bend or turn, steamed just exactly
Soft enough so he, with help of friends,
Can shape it to the hull.
The knowledge lies as much
Within his sure hands on the plane
As in his head;
It lies in love of wood and grain,
A rough hand resting on the satin
Of the finished deck.
Is there within us each
Such artistry forgotten
In the cruder tasks
The world requires of us,
The faster modern work
That we have
Turned our life to do?
Could we return to more of craft
Within our lives,
And feel the way the grain of wood runs true,
By letting our hands linger
On the product of our artistry?
Could we recall what we have known
And thus transform a world
As he and friends do,
Shaping steaming oak boards
Upon the hulls of wooden boats?
~ Judy Brown ~
About The Photographer: Tony Le
I am currently 27 with a beautiful wife and son. I earned a network and communication degree at Devry University. While my job can be very technical, I need a creative outlet which photography fulfilled. Photography has always been one of my favorite hobbies because it allows me to showcase how I perceive the world. I can come up with many reasons why I became a photographer, the simplest answer was that my first son was on his way and I wanted to capture every moment. That was about 3 years ago and I've snapped over 20,000 photos. Most were bad and only some were great but the key thing is that I tried to learn something new with each captured moment.
My only real education in photography was for a high school elective course, Photography 101. That was only 10 years go during the film and darkroom era. Thank goodness those darkroom days are gone. I am a self taught photographer and currently specialize in landscape photography and I am starting to teach myself about the style of portraiture and lighting effect.
You may find more of Tony’s wonderful work at his website: http://tonylephotography.com/gallery/
Note: All photos other than the boat photo are the copyrighted material of Tony Le and were photographed in Balboa,CA. They were published here with the photographer’s permission. All Rights reserved.