SEPTEMBER 2016 | ISSUE 009
Wordless but never empty.
8 X SEP16 our personal images for the month.
Words from the Editor
How often do we enjoy silence? True silence? I don't know about you but in my world, the voices never seem to stop. I used to get on my bike, years ago, and ride to a lake nearby—I had moved out of the city at that point, away from police sirens and crazy neighbours screaming at 2AM. I'd hit the trail and then just sit for hours. Most days I'd be all alone. I'd go there to find peace, to connect with something larger than myself, to experience that great cosmic vertigo. But words would inevitably break the surface, mental chatter like some out of reach transmission ...a big hot chaotic mess that would throw me light-years away from my naïve dreams of a zen-like state. Silence—no matter how much I tried—remained unattainable.
All of us here have words in common. Beyond photography we're all writers in one shape or another, combining both "disciplines" to flesh out whatever message we aim to communicate. It feels natural—as humans, most of us see AND hear. So this month's issue is a leap into less obvious territories. Into contemplation without voice, sight without audition.
This is The Silence.
Patrick La Roque, Canada.