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Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Just where, really — are you going?

And, if you’re going, are you growing?

And why, might be?

Shooting words leads to the meditation on their meaning. Sure, you’re thinking that you know what they mean, but what lies beneath that word — could there be a hidden meaning?
And could there be layers to the word that lend new meanings?
Starting thousands of years back, I’d offer this string, the ancient PIE voicing, with seed sounds.
from PIE *qwei, locative of *qwo– “who” (cf. Greek — pei “where”).
And why?

Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered

To the mastery of that path…
Old French dangier “power, power to harm, mastery, authority, control” (12th century, Mod.Fr. danger), alteration (due to assoc. with damnum) of dongier, from Vulgate Latin *dominarium “power of a lord,” from Latin dominus “lord, master” (see domain).

Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered

In any journey, there will be a stop.
From Vulgate Latin *stuppare “to stop or stuff with tow or oakum” (cf. Italian stoppare, French — étouper “to stop with tow”), from the Latin stuppa “coarse part of flax, tow.”

Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered

The quiet, that slowness — moments, dissolving.
Proto Germanic *slæwaz (cf. O.S. sleu “blunt, dull,” Middle Dutch slee, Dutch — sleeuw “sour, tart, blunt,” Old High German sleo “blunt, dull,” Old Norse sljor, Danish sløv, Swedish slö “blunt, dull”).

Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered

But, in that slowness, there can be a sweetened resolve. Slow down, sense more.

Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered

Chill, for a moment. Be blank, on purpose.

Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered
Girvin Signage = Word Photography | One sign, another mark: just words, gathered

Sometimes, the real point is that the word alone — even without context, is worthy of meditation.
I see a word and I think — “that word, really, what alone does that word mean, now?”

A great deal.

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