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“Not the attendance of stones, nor the applauding wind, shall let you know you have arrived, not the sea that celebrates only departures, nor the mountains, nor the dying cities. Nothing will tell you where you are. Each moment is a place you’ve never been. You can walk believing you cast a light around you. But how will you know? The present is always dark. Its maps are black, rising from nothing, describing, in their slow ascent into themselves, their own voyage, its emptiness, the bleak, temperate necessity of its completion. As they rise into being they are like breath. And if they are studied at all it is only to find, too late, what you thought were concerns of yours do not exist. Your house is not marked on any of them, nor are your friends, waiting for you to appear, nor are your enemies, listing your faults. Only you are there, saying hello to what you will be, and the black grass is holding up the black stars.” —Mark Strand, Black Maps

Invisible Mountain is a photography and travel site. It is also a blog documenting stories, people, countries, and ideas. It is about life experienced during long-term, ongoing travel. The places shown on the Invisible Mountain page were picked somewhat randomly, and most of the people shown are unknown to the photographer, or met only briefly.

What does Invisible Mountain mean? It has many possible meanings. Many of the people in the photographs on this site exist on the margins of society. In a way they are an invisible people. This site I offer as a testament to them, and a home for them to be honored. Many believe that photography is a visual art; however, when I take photographs, in general, I try to remember: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

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