“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you,
You must travel it for yourself.
It is not far, It is within reach,
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know,
Perhaps it is every where on water and land.”
–Walt Whitman- Part of Song of Myself from Leaves of Grass. 1855
I’m in a bit of a hurry but really wanted to show this great photo of Walt Whitman. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of him that wasn’t interesting but this one is special. It’s taken by the great American painter Thomas Eakins in 1891, a year before Whitman’s death in 1892. Eakins was also a pioneer in the use of photography in the art studio and an innovator in motion studies with film, among many other things. I plan on writing more about his remarkable career in the future. But for now, I just wanted to show this simple elegant photo of America’s voice. At least to my ears.