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In Defense of Freedom

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2012 by allisonlabine

There are soldiers that defend freedom and those who take it away. Thank you to all our veterans who fought for the lives of people they never knew. Thank you to the men and women who stand ready to defend our nation at a moment’s notice.

Holocaust Memorial
Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Italy
Photo by: Allison LaBine


Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2012 by allisonlabine

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo


Photo by Allison LaBine; Rome

Fire of life

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by allisonlabine


“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”  – George Bernard Shaw


Photo by Allison LaBine; Italy




Reaching in the night

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by allisonlabine

“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”‘
-Dylan Thomas

Photo by Allison LaBine

Places we have never known

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2012 by allisonlabine

An interesting thought…


“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” – Carson McCullers


Photo by Allison LaBine, Italy

Into the woods

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2012 by allisonlabine

Come to the edge of the forest and walk with me.

Image by Allison LaBine; Italy

Reflection and action

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by allisonlabine

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker

Image by Allison LaBine; Venice, Italy

Reflections of Freedom

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by allisonlabine

Waves beat at the concrete cage,
Hissing –
You are my prisoner,
Through each age.

A seagull swooped down and called,
You have no voice.
You are frozen to this spot white tower;
In what world did you have a choice?

Fog choked.  Ice cracked.
The sun’s flames
Ceaselessly scorched.
Ships passed and
Sailors turned,
Even the moon’s silhouette burned.

The tower stood,
Separate and alone;
A thousand days
Blurring into one long night,
Silence –
Echoing in hollow bone.

Hear me,
Hear my voice,
Tell me I am not alone.
My ache was a whisper,
Before a hushed cry,
Now – a raging, burning tome.

You are nothing but alone,
The wind screeched and moaned.

You will not speak,
Hold your tongue,
Your empty
Words, I steal.
They will stay down
Deep inside
Quiet and unreal.

And now no more,
Your heart has slowed,
Your faint call falls on
Deaf ears.
Close your eyes,
And go to sleep,
You are not needed here.

But something heard,
Something felt,
The wake of life above.
And reached out,
Reached up,
With sweeping arms of hope.

The gull envies you for the
Heights you have climbed;
The wind and waves for your
But your cage –
The one you have always known
Has been no one’s, but your own.

Bars built from your fear, and
Darkness reaching from your past,
Take down those walls, and
Dream –

You will be free at last.

-Allison LaBine

Photograph by Allison LaBine; Burano, Italy

Into the light

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2012 by allisonlabine

The women in this picture thought they were in my way when I took it. They weren’t. When one exhaled, she made the shot. So did that light – the light photographers wait for and dream of…

Image by Allison LaBine; Burano, Italy


Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by allisonlabine

In a sinking city,
Soon the only
Reflection will be the
Burning sun and sky.

Look now,
You are a part of history.

-Allison LaBine

Image by Allison LaBine