Birding in Panama in 2016 convinced me it was time to create a website to describe and preserve some of the images I carry with me from my travels. Speak, Imagery is my image and memory archive. After all, as Vladimir Nabokov wrote in his great memoir Speak, Memory, “One is always at home in one’s past….” Come to think of it, many passages from Speak Memory inform Speak, Imagery (not just the stolen title); something of the mystery and beckoning call of nature that Nabokov describes this way:
…that swimming, sloping, elusive something about the dark-bluish tint of the iris which seemed still to retain the shadows it had absorbed of ancient, fabulous forests where there were more birds than tigers and more fruit than thorns, and where, in some dappled depth, man’s mind had been born…
And, of course, this:
How small the cosmos (a kangaroo’s pouch would hold it), how paltry and puny in comparison to human consciousness, to a single individual recollection, and its expression in words!