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Alex Webb/Rebecca Norris Webb  Together & apart, Alex & Rebecca have authored 18 books, including The Suffering of Light (AW), My Dakota (RNW), La Calle (AW) & Slant Rhymes (AW/RNW)


Photo: Alex Webb, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 2003, from La Calle @aperturefnd #lacalle #alexwebb

I’d have to be really quick

to describe clouds—

a split second’s enough

for them to start being something else.

Their trademark:

they don’t repeat a single

shape, shade, pose, arrangement.

Unburdened by memory of any kind,

they float easily over the facts.

What on earth could they bear witness to?

They scatter whenever something happens.

Compared to clouds,

life rests on solid ground,

practically permanent, almost eternal.

Next to clouds

even a stone seems like a brother,

someone you can trust,

while they’re just distant, flighty cousins.

Let people exist if they want,

and then die, one after another:

clouds simply don't care

what they're up to

down there.

And so their haughty fleet

cruises smoothly over your whole life

and mine, still incomplete.

They aren't obliged to vanish when we're gone.

They don't have to be seen while sailing on. —Wisława Szymborska, translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh.

Photo: Rebecca Norris Webb, Sheep Mountain, 2009, from My Dakota @radius.books @postcartedizioni #mydakota #rebeccanorriswebb

Life is the only way

to get covered in leaves,

catch your breath on the sand,

rise on wings;

to be a dog,

or stroke its warm fur;

to tell pain

from everything it’s not;

to squeeze inside events,

dawdle in views,

to seek the least of all possible mistakes.

An extraordinary chance

to remember for a moment

a conversation held

with the lamp switched off;

and if only once

to stumble upon a stone,

end up soaked in one downpour or another,

mislay your keys in the grass;

and to follow a spark on the wind with your eyes;

and to keep on not knowing

something important. — Wislawa Szymborska, translated by S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh.

Photo: Rebecca Norris Webb, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, 2008, from Violet Isle (with Alex Webb) @radius.books #violetisle #rebeccanorriswebb

Photo: Alex Webb, Havana, Cuba, 2002, from Violet Isle (with Rebecca Norris Webb) @radius.books. #violetisle #alexwebb

So long as that woman from the Rijksmuseum

in painted quiet and concentration

keeps pouring milk day after day

from the pitcher to the bowl

the World hasn’t earned

the world’s end. — Wisława Szymborska, translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh.

Johannes Vermeer, De Melkmeid (The Milkmaid), painted c. 1657-1661, in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Blue River, are you my memory?

Or, remembering that deer—

or, rather, its severed leg

some poacher tossed in your waters (Was it a doe’s? Her fawn’s?) near the half-fallen sycamore—

I can’t help but wonder:

Aren't we just another

of so many lost daughters? —Rebecca Norris Webb, for Martyne. Photo: Rebecca Norris Webb, Sycamore Reflection, 2016, from Night Calls. #nightcalls #rebeccanorriswebb

Photo: Alex Webb, Galveston, Texas, 2017. #alexwebb #towers&;sprawl

Slant Rhymes is now available is the US! (For those who want their copy early--the book will be more widely available in the US and Canada after September 1st, the official pub date.) See link to @artbook in profile. This new joint book of ours is also available in Europe, in both an English and a Spanish edition @lafabrica_ at links in profile. #slantrhymes #alexwebb #rebeccanorriswebb

“In wilderness is the preservation of the world.”—Henry David Thoreau, born 200 years ago today, July 12, 1817, a writer and visionary preservationist who helped inspire the U.S. National Parks system. Photo: Rebecca Norris Webb, Rearview Mirror, Wind Cave National Park (preserves the largest mixed-grass prairie in the U.S.), South Dakota, 2009, from My Dakota exhibition at Palazzo De Leva thru July 16, Modica, Sicily, curated by @rvm_hub @condominio_fotografico @radius.books @postcartedizioni #mydakota #slantrhymes #rebeccanorriswebb

Photo: Alex Webb, Brooklyn, 2015, from The City Within (with RNW) #thecitywithin #alexwebb

From time to time our love is like a sail

and when the sail begins to alternate

from tack to tack, it’s like a swallowtail

and when the swallow flies it’s like a coat;

and if the coat is yours, it has a tear

like a wide mouth and when the mouth begins

to draw the wind, it’s like a trumpeter

and when the trumpet blows, it blows like millions …

and this, my love, when millions come and go

beyond the need of us, is like a trick;

and when the trick begins, it’s like a toe

tip-toeing on a rope, which is like luck;

and when the luck begins, it’s like a wedding,

which is like love, which is like everything. —Alice Oswald. Photo: Rebecca Norris Webb, Brooklyn, 2017, from The City Within (with AW). #thecitywithin #rebeccanorriswebb

“In a portrait, you always leave part of yourself behind.”—Mary Ellen Mark, 1940-2015.
LAST DAY TO APPLY: Friends of Mary Ellen Mark Workshop Scholarship, open to any Mexican photographer, 18-30 years old, living in Mexico or abroad. See link in profile. Photo: Mary Ellen Mark Estate, Shyama and Singh. @photoxpeditions #friendsofmaryellenmarkscholarship ULTIMO DIA PARA APLICAR para la beca “Amigos de Mary Ellen Mark” para fotógrafo Mexicano de entre 18 y 30 años, que viva en Mexico o en el extranjero. Ver la liga en el perfil para mas informacion. Foto: Mary Ellen Mark, Shyama y Singh @photoxpeditions #friendsofmaryellenmark #amigosdemaryellenmark

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