I have received a private e-mail from Ernie (whom I referred to as Eddie in my previous post, now duly corrected with apologies)in response to my quotation of a phrase in one of his previous e-mails which (I thought) was referring to my “lame attempt to present raw imagery,” in general.
I am posting herein, en toto his e-mail because I thought it must be done, if only to demonstrate that I did not take offense but treated it as a constructive criticism; that I do not harbor bad feelings against Ernie but always wish the best for him; that he did not give me reasons not to communicate, but instead encouraged me further to continue posting…
To Ernie, my apologies, likewise, for construing your (previous)e-mail the way I did, and thank you for making me realize what you meant from your end. I recall what I have learned in my philosophy class back in college that “communication, in whatever language, is the best tool for understaning…”
Hereunder is Ernie’s e-mail:
“First off, I wish to apologize if I ever unintentionally “pricked” your sensibility with my last email by my inadvertent use of four words: lame, attempt, raw, imagery! Secondly, I wish to qualify what was in my mind behind these words. These four words, if you still have the email saved, were not alluding to the way you presented your short descriptions/stories, much less the sights and sceneries. In fact, if you recall, I had appreciated and been regaled by the simple, sincere and almost “tactile” way of your story presentation. There’s that uniqueness to it. Those famous four words were referring to that picture you had taken of your friend while bathing in an Ilocos Norte river where he was using fine silt as a body scrub! Raw imagery is the picture itself (you know, a tame reference to the anatomy) and “lame attempt” because it is not a full-blown exposure, you know what I mean. So in effect, I just wanted to tease you or urge you to feature some more of it (which of course you will not and which, in all honesty, I will not even support as a feature of your blogs. I would not want a friend (or that’s how I regarded you) like you to get in trouble! I can vividly recall that there’s even a ha! ha! ha! in that part of my sentence. Anyway, applied to the beautiful sceneries you are capturing through your camera, those are unarguably “raw” beauty, if there’s such a thing. Raw because the scenes and sights, mostly of them, are pristine, untouched and uncommercialized. Is that the reason why I never heard anymore from you for a while? Not that I would have expected you to reply that soon, knowing your preoccupation with other things (work-related, for one) but I am just trying to backtrack and kind of rationalizing the sanity or insanity of what I may have said. Again, “I did not mean to mean what you thought I meant” by those tricky words, Constantine. Having explained my position, this I have to say: I will be one of those disappointed if you do stop posting your blogs. You may not do it or be able to do it regularly as you may want, but do your followers a favor, please continue it. You are doing great. There’s just so much of Ilocos to be discovered. Your article on the “dragonfly” is so appropriate to your final decision to continue on… fly you must like the dragonfly! My best of regards. Eddie… I mean, Ernie!!! Oh, by the way, my last submissions for Ilocos Times are found on the current one on line and on the last four (or is it five) previous issues, if you decide to browse through them. Be hearing from you soon?”
Postcript: See the body scrubbing image here.