Words of the Earth

Words of the Earth

Words of the Earth

Words of the Earth

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When confidence, intuition, humor, artistry, passionate ingenuity, and shyness function together in any one person we have an event of considerable importance. When we add to this galaxy of attributes the qualities of kindness and belief in the ultimate creative association of man and nature, we have a truly extraordinary situation. Such was Cedric Wright. He was no stylist in the usual sense of the term; he photographed and wrote tirelessly about what he felt deeply and truly believed. He was not concerned with the sophisticated adjustments of idea and impulse typical of the self-conscious artists of our time. Nature spoke simply and directly to him and he replied in similar vein. He was, in truth, an evangelist of special persuasion and compassion.

Above the complex emotional patterns of his life-- which centered about the kaleidoscopically active days in Berkeley and the High Sierra--towers an edifice of beauty and imagination, a product of an uncompromising faith in nature and in people, things and experiences of great diversity. His work reveals a strange and compelling beauty; it is not obscure, oblique, mechanical, or intellectual, but is the evidence of a great insight and intuitive power. It moves the spirit; then, because it is so simple and direct, it moves the mind and conscience.

Twelve years my senior, Cedric Wright gave me confidence and support in many aspects of life, love, and the pursuit of individualism. He never "influenced" people in the ordinary sense of the term; he affirmed and clarified all valid experience. He firmly believed that "to know all is to . . .

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