Tuesday, June 05, 2007
"Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
ché la via diritta era smarrita. ..."
-- Dante, Inferno
Playing with a camera, I find something lost (and something gained) in translating the world into an image, analogous to these translators' journeys into Dante.
"When I had journeyed half of our life's way,
I found myself within a shadowed forest,
for I had lost the path that does not stray. ..."
-- Mandelbaum's translation
"Midway in our life's journey, I went astray
from the straight road and woke to find myself
alone in a dark wood. ..."
-- Ciardi's translation