The Dictionary

The Dictionary is a compendium of invented words. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language, to give a name to emotions we all might experience, but don't yet have a word for. Each sorrow is explained by the author over beautiful footage.

May 12, 2016
Ballagàrraidh: The Awareness That You Are Domesticated
The story of humanity is a move from the countryside to the big city. But it's happened so fast that a part of you still remembers Eden. That longs to leave your car idling in traffic, and flee into the wilderness. But there's another part of you knows that Eden is a fantasy, and you'll always be floating just above it; trailing clouds of civilization wherever you go.
May 19, 2015
Anemoia: Nostalgia For A Time You've Never Known
"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." -L.P. Hartley Looking at old photos, it's hard not to feel a kind of wanderlust-a pang of nostalgia for times you've never experienced. The desire to wade into the blurred-edge sepia haze that hangs in the air between people who leer stoically into this dusty and dangerous future, whose battered shoes are anchors locked fast in the fantasy that none of it risks turning out any other way but the way it happened.
Dec 21, 2014
Oleka: The Fear That You're Wasting Your Life
Another day, another week, another year. We've heard this song before. Our lives are built of the same few notes, repeated over and over. It's not a grand symphony, full of surprises. It's a song sung in canon, that simply carries on, until the tune gets stuck in your head. But then the verse changes over, and for the life of you, you can't remember how it's supposed to go.
Jan 04, 2015