Abraham Lincoln Quotes
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run.
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Abraham Lincoln Quotes
I go to work every morning with the possibility that I might learn something I don’t already know. . . . If you look at a problem as an opportunity to show what you already know, it’s useless. You should look at every problem and think, “What can I learn by doing this?” And if you think you can learn nothing, forget about doing it. Milton Glaser
This photograph is a blend of 4 images in photoshop
Hudson River, Hudson Highlands, Garrison, NY, 1985 Archival pigment print. I was finishing up my book on the Hudson River. I still hadn’t captured what I felt would be the cover of the book. This was my last day of shooting, I arrived at this location when the sky was still overcast cloudy, as the sun was setting, the magic hour, the clouds parted, and the golden light illuminated the scene with magical light.
“To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone. The tradesman, the attorney comes out of the din and craft of the street, and sees the sky and the woods, and is a man again. In their eternal calm, he finds himself. The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Navajo saying- ”Beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I am on the pollen path.”
I whispered, ‘I am too young,’
And then, ‘I am old enough’;
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
‘Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.’
Ay, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.
O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon.
“Brown Penny” by William Butler Yeats
Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, by Cass Gilbert, Triumph of the Human Spirit, Sculptor Lorenzo Pace, Foley Square Black History
A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi… has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.
If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.
Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.
Apollo Theater, most famous music hall, Architect: George Keister, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
he Apollo Theater in New York Citymusic halls United States African-American National Register of Historic Places  Showtime at the Apollo
The theater is located at 253 W. 125th StreetNew York City borough Manhattan Harlem African-American
Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee,which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street
Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street. It is a significant location in the city’s history, as well as in the history of the blues. Today, the blues clubs and restaurants that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions in Memphis.
Black History – Contrast Slave Cabin – Plantation
Slave Cabin, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Ashley River Road, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
African Burial Ground National Monument, Manhattan, New York
Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first Massachusetts regiment of black men serving in the Civil War, and his regiment, located in Boston
Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first Massachusetts regiment of black men serving in the Civil War, and his regiment, located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Alabama. Highway 80, Voting Rights Trail. Selma to Montgomery marches brought about the Voting Rights Act in 1965
Central park is an oasis. After a storm I took a walk through the park, and come upon this wonderful winter wonderland.
Cooper Union new Academic building designed by Thom Mayne of firm Morphosis, New York City New York
I was walking through the village in 2009, when I saw this building for the first time. It was a total wow moment. It showed the transformation that the city was going through. It led to a book on the New, New York City. Jake Rajs
“You might say that when you step inside, you’re entering a honorific space, but that’s something totally different than experiencing it. And in architecture the experience comes first. That has the deepest effect on us.” Thom Mayn
When I was eight, my parents immigrated to the United States from Poland via Israel because of the freedom that America offered. I created this picture with images from around the country that involved this countries struggle to create freedom. Collage of the places in the United States that show the journey towards freedom.
I was high on the bluffs on the Eastern most spot In Long Island looking out at the vast expanse of the ocean, It was late morning the sky and the ocean where this wonderful blue. The sun created these wonderful sparkles on the water. On a wall it feels like a window out into the ocean
From Montauk Point
I stand as on some mighty eagle’s beak,
Eastward the sea absorbing, viewing, (nothing but sea and sky,)
The tossing waves, the foam, the ships in the distance,
The wild unrest, the snowy, curling caps–that inbound urge and urge
Seeking the shores forever.
When I started exploring the shoreline of the North Fork of Long Island, I noticed that there where a lot of rocks shaped like hearts. I collected them and one day put them back in the water and photographed this scene.
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
Tucked away in an old converted firehouse on the North Fork, is international photographer Jake Rajs whose dramatic landscapes have graced the pages of LIFE, Esquire, OMNI, Travel & Leisure and others. This quiet, unsuspecting visual artist possesses the talent of harnessing the moment when mother nature strikes a pose.
His hypnotic photographs caught the eye of the high-end, coffee table book publisher, Rizzoli, who published six limited collector editions, two of which Walter Cronkite wrote the introduction, “Atlantic”  and “These United States” . Readers Digest took notice of Rajs’ ability to capture majestic landscapes across the U.S. by voting him “Best American Photographer” in 2003.
In 1976 Rajs dreamt of the statue of liberty diminutively wedged in between the Twin Towers. He searched the now priceless shot on a map, and drove around to get the right angle, shooting it at sunset from Bayonne, N.J. “It was a spot that I went to over 50 times and shot 10 frames before I got it.”
In 1985 at 33 years old Rajs submitted ten years of photographs from around NYC to an editor at Rizzoli. They instantly knew the stellar portfolio warranted a book and, “Manhattan: An Island in Focus” was published. “It was a dream come true. Within four months the book came out.” Whether or not a book is successful he says depends on the public. “Every book is a chance. You risk time and money…but ultimately it’s up to the public…and if they like it or not.”
Within five years the 38 year-old photographer published a second Rizzoli book, “America,” it sold 150,000 copies now with German and French editions. If Rajs didn’t know what the public thought of his work…Rizzoli sure did.
Since then, over a 23-year period, 16 breathtaking picture books have been published of NYC to the North Fork and across the U. S. The humble photographer scoffs he still ‘doesn’t feel like he’s made it.’ “I think you’re only as good as your last project. I’ve succeeded, but you’re always experiencing a tension. Subject matter changes and a new project may excite you, but it determines if you’re successful or not. I never say a picture is great…I leave that up to someone else.”
And when standing in front of an image he can tell if it’s going to be a good picture. “Although I don’t stand in a spot longer than an hour—but I go there 50 – 60 times. Certain places call you to return again and again. Like Monet painting at different times of the day, or season, I do the same thing when I find a spot I’m moved by.” Rajs says he constantly visits museums and is influenced by the artwork of Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin and DeVinci. Admitting, “Painters, influence me more than photographers do.”
When shooting powerful, soulful images Rajs says there’s certain moments, and times when the light is majestic. “The sky and nature just reveals itself and its magnificence. So you’re always driving, walking, fly-ing….looking for something unique.”
Generally Rajs begins taking pictures to tell a story. “Each photo is a paragraph, and each book is a novel…a visual story. And the story dictates what I photograph, a lot of time they don’t have people in them. It’s like mixing science fiction and a romance novel. As a writer you have material in your mind—as a photographer you have to experience something, so as to know what the book will feel like as a story.” Adding the inspiration of the story propels him forward to take the pictures.
The editing process is what he finds most difficult; Rajs has to weed through 20,000 images to get the 200 pictures that will be used in a book. “There is an emotional attachment for me with each picture. Whether I drove 10,000 miles to get the shot, doesn’t mean it’s a good photograph. So it’s a hard process trying to sift through all the images,” he admits. Ultimately it’s up to him, the photo editor and designer to sort through them, but when seeking an objective eye, Rajs refers to his wife Amy or friends.
When he relocated to Orient Point he discovered a bounty of picturesque jewels. Monacelli Press published them in a 2006 book, “Between Sea and Sky: Landscapes of Long Islands North Fork.” And in summer 2008 will be released a South Fork book, “Beyond the Dunes.”
Rajs, born in Poland moved to Israel before relocating to Brooklyn at age eight. Given his European eye…he sees America in a unique way. “I have an appreciation for this country…it was my fathers dream to come here. And I find it a magical place—that you live the life you dream of.” Growing up in Israel, Rajs lived in a one story two-room house without electricity—using an out-house. “So at eight when I was sailing through N.Y. Harbor it was transforming and breathtaking. To see the Statue of Liberty, and the sun glistening on the water, brought me to tears.”
With over three decades of shooting throughout the U.S. Rajs feels this country still provides him with the material he needs for future stories. “I enjoy all of America—I don’t exclude any state. They each have something unique. Lately, my passions have been directed more towards the coast and water.” This spring Rizzoli will publish, “Cape Cod and The Islands.”
Rajs hopes the legacy of his books will make the world a better place. “My photographs preserve a certain landscape or building, and appreciation of nature and urban. I hope they appreciate how unique and special the world around them is.”
IAC building designed by Frank O. Gehry and 100 Eleventh Avenue designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Beyer Blinder Bell, Chelsea, NYC
Sunset from the Highline, NYC
I was walking on the Highline 3 years ago and saw the IAC building designed by Frank O. Gehry and 100 Eleventh Avenue designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Beyer Blinder Bell, realized how much New York had changed.
I’m always trying to create something that has never been created before. New York had stepped into the 21 century and I decided to do my 4th book on the first decade in the life of New York City. It got published this year called New New York.
Winter morning driving the back roads of Colorado. The storm was clearing and I decided to snowshoe into Canyons of the Ancients, to see the Lowry Pueblo Ruins, an Indian ruin that I had not visited before. As the sun started coming out it illuminated the fresh snow and ruins. The ancient ruins contrasted with the fresh snow.
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Ancient Indian Proverb
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Black Elk Oglala Sioux Holy Man
All things in the world are two. In our minds we are two, good and evil. With our eyes we see two things, things that are fair and things that are ugly…. We have the right hand that strikes and makes for evil, and we have the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two. Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee
“If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace…..Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it…….Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade….where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.” Chief Joseph, Nez Perces’
When I photograph a landscape, I try to capture the miracle that there is nothing more beautiful and perfect than what is created by nature. It has a calming, soothing and inspiring influence on our spirit, reminding us to appreciate each day and celebrate the unique beauty that exists only in the moment. Jake Rajs
Why art? What is the reason? This insight is from a speech by Milton Glaser. “How does art help you survive? It helps us survive by making us attentive. In a simplistic way, when you go past a forest and you look at it and you say, “that looks just like Cézanne.” And you realize Cézanne has made you see the reality of the forest in a way that you never could have seen before. He’s made you attentive. Every work of art that you care about makes us attentive. And if it doesn’t do that it ain’t art.”
This is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to a young man interested in doing books.
These words by Beatrice Warde capture how it feels to walk into a publisher’s office. “This is a printing office crossroads of civilization refuge of all the arts against the ravages of time…friend you stand on sacred ground.”
There are thousands of publishers, research the ones you like, their names are in the books you read, talk to other authors.
After one is close to finishing a book, one moves from the ‘what’ to the ‘whom’. It is time to meet people. To find an audience that appreciates what you do. Invest their time and money into enjoying the book. Without the people there is no what, the book. You meet incredible people on the journey and if enough people buy the book you get to do another book.
Get a big box, and anything that comes across your way in helping you finish the book, put it into this box, videos, articles etc.
And have fun on the journey.
There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean waves keep kissing the shoreline.