Julian Ray Photography

Dried

The Monsoon rains have largely stopped in the upper Mekong delta. The vibrant super saturated colours and deep dark contrasts have been replaced with the more sedate, delicate tones and hues of winter.

I was lamenting this to a friend recently, both the loss of the fabulous over-the-top palate and cool and refreshing air that made for such fun shooting. My friend listened patiently to my goings on and then with a gentle, wry smile pointed to an image I was developing for a commercial job I was working on. “That looks pretty good for being ...dry” was their only comment.

It was just the thing I needed to hear to get me thinking about ‘Dry”

This blog entry is a photographic exploration of some of the colours and textures of life after the rains.

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“A compelling story, even if factually inaccurate, can be more emotionally compelling than a dry recitation of the truth.”
― Frank Luntz

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“Digression is the soul of wit. Take the philosophic asides away from Dante, Milton or Hamlet's father's ghost and what stays is dry bones.”
― Ray Douglas Bradbury

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“The tragedy of bold, forthright, industrious people is that they act so continuously without much thinking, that it becomes dry and empty.”
― Brenda Ueland

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“A great lie is like a great fish on dry land;
it may fret and fling and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you.
You have only to keep still, and it will die of itself.”
― George Crabbe

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“Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn - and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.”
― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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“But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again.”
― Robert Browning

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“Minds are like flowers. If you let it sit there without soaking anything up, it will dry up.”
― Ken Hill

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“Today is what life is all about.
When I desire for the future to arrive quickly, I become unable to savor today.
I can't live in tomorrow, and when I focus all my energies on the future, I shortchange today.
Likewise, fearing the future emasculates today, leaving it dry and lifeless.”
― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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“Physical pain however great ends in itself and falls away like dry husks from the mind, whilst moral discords and nervous horrors sear the soul.”
― Alice James

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“Indifference may not wreck a man's life at any one turn, but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run.”
― Bliss Carman

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“A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“He was white and shaken, like a dry martini.”
― P. G. Wodehouse

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“Beware the tyranny of the weak. They just suck you dry.”
― Anthony Hopkins

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“Expect to have hope rekindled.
Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
The dry seasons in life do not last.
The spring rains will come again.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach

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“If I didn't write my soul would dry up and die.”
― Isabel Allende

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“But even if I'm left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling.”
― Olivia Wilde

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“Never a tear bedims the eye that time and patience will not dry.”
― Bret Harte

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“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?... Or does it explode?”
― Langston Hughes

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“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”
― Jack London

I look forward to seeing you out there.

Julian Ray
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