Saturday, July 14, 2018

... Then I Have Not Done

Back in prehistoric times when I was in first year uni, our required English course was Major British Writers. In this survey sort of course, I found that I quite liked the poetry of John Donne, who played with words a little.

The first stanza of A Hymn to God the Father:
Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, 
         Which was my sin, though it were done before? 
Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run, 
         And do run still, though still I do deplore? 
                When thou hast done, thou hast not done, 
                        For I have more. 
You see the word play, don't you: Donne/done?

The line, in slightly modified form as above in the title, comes back to me every so often. For example: when I think I am done with a photo or photo project, I more often than not find myself returning to it.

So, it was earlier today that I found myself being drawn back to my recent Celtfest photos. I worked on a few composites and then a b&w conversion.

As I have mentioned earlier, I have seldom if ever seen bass fiddles at Celtfest; this year there was one in two consecutive bands.

I think I also mentioned  Anita McDonald if not by name. She was a triple threat as it were: vocals, fiddle, and step dancing.

The fiddler, Dave Neigh, of the headline band, Steel City Rollers, also drew my attention.

The mono conversion is of guitarist Ben Deschamps, of Heather Dale's Band. I tried to give it a bit of a gritty look.

I wonder if I am finally done, for I am most certainly not Donne.


Joanne Noragon said...

John Donne threw his name around, wantonly. And asked not for whom the bell tolled. Well, yes, he did ask, and answer.

Marie Smith said...

I like the last photo especially.

Silver Willow said...

the last is my favorite, too. The B&W compliment the lines in his rough face. :)

Mara said...

I love those lines of the John Donne poem.

I like the composition of the triple threat (as it were), but love it even more if they photos were blended more instead of those hard borders. I think.

Tabor said...

I frequently visit my photos from years back just to see what new damage I can do.

MARY G said...

You do fine composites.

Jenn Jilks said...

Well donne!

Mage said...

Oh, but you are having fonne.