The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

Of what we ride…

Of what we ride…

The surest thing there is is we are riders, And though none too successful at it, guiders, Through everything presented, land and tide And now the very air, of what we ride. What is this talked-of mystery of birth But being mounted bareback on the earth? We can just see the infant up astride, His

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What then, dreamer…?

What then, dreamer…?

What if you slept And what if In your sleep You dreamed And what if In your dream You went to heaven And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower And what if When you awoke You had that flower in you hand Ah, what then? ~”What if you slept…” by S.T.Coleridge I enjoy sleep.

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The scale of the sea…

The scale of the sea…

For those of you who were not aware, we sailed a lot in the past few years. And much of this was offshore. Now well over 10,000 miles since Ipswich, we have seen some crazy stuff: weather, places, people, etc. But something has surprised me… I did not take THAT many photos. Don’t get me wrong, I

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Four views of Le Tour Eiffel and an intimate moment…

Four views of Le Tour Eiffel and an intimate moment…

I thoroughly enjoy being able to spend time in a place. Especially, to photograph. To work the scene, to study the situation and the way the light falls, to watch for patterns in movement… At a place like the Eiffel Tower, nobody is going to do something that a million others have not done. But

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And now for something new…

And now for something new…

And here we are at the first day of the new year. If you’re curious at all, here are the most viewed pages from 2013 posts: 1. Farm fresh… (4 March) 2. A study in the trees of winter… (11 Dec) 3. Ones for whom the rules do not apply… (1 March) 4. Where are you

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Even Masters of the Universe must walk their dogs…

Even Masters of the Universe must walk their dogs…

Look up into the trees on a clear winter night. The light from those stars have travelled untold millions of years and unfathomable distances just to be blocked by a thing so frail as the upper limb of a tree branch. Such significant power, one of the multitudes which fill the heavens and have captivated

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Notice those around you…

Notice those around you…

“What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion… everyday acts of compassion. In South Africa they have a phrase called “ubuntu.” “Ubuntu” comes out of a philosophy that says, the only way for me

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Life and all of the places you could go…

Life and all of the places you could go…

“I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.” ~Fritz Peris I remember once upon a time my good friend Jeff Montgomery said something in passing that I thought was brilliantly encouraging. It was many years ago and I

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Prayers contained at the Wall…

Prayers contained at the Wall…

Religions converge on Jerusalem. In Israel, it seems so many who cannot agree have agreed on their Holy of Holies. Everyone to the East and West looks at Israel with fascination: whether with pity or zeal. And by “everyone to the east” I mean the rest of two-thirds of the population of the planet who

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The invaluable wisdom…

The invaluable wisdom…

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” “When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will

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The trouble with the sky…

The trouble with the sky…

The trouble with the sky comes from the fact that no matter how big I build or craft my world to suit only my honorable needs, there is always one thing that will make me feel small. Stay tuned… -Noah D.

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The good of the many…

The good of the many…

“Sometimes I think we’re alone. Sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the thought is staggering.” ~Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic sphere/dome Of the 100 trillion people who have ever lived on this earth, twelve humans have walked on the moon. Only 500 have ever been into space. In all the things that

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