I wish to all TE member a New Year full of bright days and inner serenity and to catch the moment, always!
Ithaca (Costantinos Kavafis - 1911)
When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.
Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.
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yquem46 (38750) 2008-12-31 10:08
Yes Luca I agree with Isabela, you're definitely one of the best portraitist on TE. Furthermore as those are coming from a country which I fell in love with, namely India, no wonder that I appreciate your posts!
wish you and your family a happy 2009
everlasting (15190) 2008-12-31 10:14
Happy New Year Luca, may your road be long and your voyage beautiful.
Another stunning portrait for your gallery. her eyes just draw you in thanks to your well chosen DOF
andante (7092) 2008-12-31 10:22
Very powerful capture, love th intensity of the eyes piercing into the lens. Awesome capture,
Happy New Year!
Morac (27723) 2008-12-31 13:41
Merci pour tes voeux,
Merci pour ce superbe portrait
itchymacnitt (4) 2008-12-31 14:21
Nice poem..now the photo... sweet girl, don't like the reflections in her eyes .. you should have took them out. The grain !!! well that a choice thing....not bad..but get the eyes sharp. then you got a shot.
Trev. 2 points because its new year and I not got anything to post.
take care and prosper
Dyerco (10185) 2008-12-31 16:33
A wonderful portrait with the eyes sharp and a muted BG. Very well done.
Happy new year to you and yours.
marietom (34609) 2009-01-01 2:44
Un bien joli regard pour commencer cette année. Superbe portrait.
Meilleurs voeux pour 2009
BennyV (16545) 2009-01-01 3:37
Lovely portrait, Luca, and you've used my favourite English word in the title there!
Glint (6171) 2009-01-01 5:10
this is a portrait with great charm. This lovely girls' eyes draw you into her soul and happier we are because of it. Meeting her is a good way to celebrate the new yyear. I enjoyed your note too.
Dpbours (222) 2009-01-01 8:36
The new year starts good with such a posting full of positive spirit from your hand!! :-).
Greetings and my best wishes for you for 2009 as well!
brandstaetter (15915) 2009-01-01 10:25
a beautiful portrait, reminds me of how beautiful it is to meet new cultures, new people, new friends.
jonathan_hart (21276) 2009-01-01 13:18
it's a quite surprising blue BG, very nice and unusual at the same time, good portrait with a lovely glance
bostankorkulugu (42416) 2009-01-03 23:36
loved her sincere smile and loved the blue on the background both giving positive messages and hope for the new year... a very good portrait this is luca... wishing you all the best for the new year...
TopGeo (38216) 2009-01-04 5:35
A great portrait With splendid expression in a background blue impressive, the poem of Greek great K. Kavafis of return in Ithaca amazing and very good your idea. A work extremely impressive in order to!
I wish Happiness in the New Year!
My best wishes to you and your family
Leonie (8809) 2009-01-07 1:41
Ciao Luca, bellissimo ritratto! Un felice anno nuovo anche a te! Auguri! Léonie
diegomach (531) 2009-05-12 18:00
Luca esta es otra maravillosa fotografía, hermosa expresión. Me encanta el brillo en sus ojos y el detalle del arete en la nariz. El azul del fondo le da mucho realse al rostro. Realmente logras capturar las expresiones mas hermosas de las personas en tus retratos. Te felicito mucho
gracias por compartirlo