Monthly Archives: May 2013

Tuscany Countryside

From the road
Translation position
Moving point of view

Riding from Rome to Spannocchia castle, many miles of pastoral Italian landscape languorously passes by my panoramic bus window. Drifting in and out of a light sleep after an 8 hour transatlantic fight, the experience is very dreamlike. At one jarring point, the side of the bus makes contact with the guardrail, breaking the trance. Fortunately very little damage resulted, other than a momentary jolt of concern.

“Live spherically…in many directions.” – Katherine, Under the Tuscan Sun

Terminal Passage

Juncture node
Time determinant
Environment ether

Airports are chaotic places full of tension, but also are wonderful venues for long exposure motion blurs. Appreciating aesthetic properties while traversing through contrived connection spaces, these moments are an important component of my air travel process. Blending-in as an invisible observer is possible, as most participants are completely wrapped up in their own agenda.

“I think arriving at or departing from any airport in America is just horrendous these days.” – Roger Moore

Abstract Universals

Boundary set
Ontologically separate
Constant flux

Attempting to extract the essence of experience from an appearance feature, the beach remains an intriguing concept. As the sea is perhaps the origin of all life, terrestrial forms may first have emerged at this phase juncture. Some things seem better rendered by focusing on the indistinct, the temporal, and the dynamic.

“The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth–it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true.” – Jean Baudrillard

Inside the Lighthouse

Looking down
Winding staircase
Two hundred fourteen steps

It took a little effort, but the view from the top was worth it.

“Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.” – Immanuel Kant

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Gothic revival
Navigation aid

Although not the case when built in 1875, this lighthouse is now surrounded by trees that hide its magnitude. To get this shot, I was standing at the base and made three overlapping exposures to assemble into a vertical panorama. As the last major brick lighthouse constructed on the Outer Banks, this positional indicator still flashes its night beacon at 20-second intervals to warn ships traveling off the coast.

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” – Anne Lamott

Whalehead Club

Vacation home
Opulent retreat

Currituck Heritage Park at night is nicely illuminated, with a Live Oak tree next to the large historic clubhouse a focus point. Built by Edward Collings Knight in 1922 for his wife, this ”jewel by the sea” is the most exotic and unique of the Outer Banks waterfowl hunting clubs. The clubhouse is impressive, but walking around the associated grounds situated next to Currituck Sound is priceless.

“Before a paved road from the more southerly town of Duck was laid in 1985, this was one tough spot to get to. It was a really desolate place.” – Adam Norko

Sound Inlet

Actual connection
Existential presence

In the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina, Currituck Heritage Park encompasses 39 acres of waterfront property and is part of the historic village of Corolla. This interesting little bridge, shaded by large Live Oak trees, connects two Currituck Sound peninsulas and leads to the Whalehead Club that was built in 1922. History preserved in a fragile ecosystem.

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” – Michael Crichton

Indexical Traces

Gravitational forces
Occurrence regularities
Predictable randomness

An indexical artwork is based on suggesting its creative process by function of a residual procedural trace. For a real world example, irregularly shaped pools of reflected radiation left on the beach at low tide reference the rise and fall of sea levels caused by combined gravitational forces applied by the Moon, the Sun, and the Earth’s rotation. Of course, most processes are deceptively complex. Here an amphidromic system also exists because of interference within oceanic basins, seas and bays interacting with the Coriolis Effect, creating tidal nodes.

“I’ve been noticing gravity since I was very young.” – Cameron Diaz


Material vestibule
Perpetual signifier
Infinite determinant

On my recent visit to the Atlantic Ocean, I only made one infrared photograph. Retrospectively, perhaps I should have made more, exploring the sea/land interface further. The physical manifestation of recorded appearance beyond human vision is a dissemination of intertextuality.

“The Text is not a co-existence of meanings but a passage, an overcrossing; thus it answers not to an interpretation, even a liberal one, but to an explosion, a dissemination.” – Roland Barthes


Into the realm
Of real materials
Beyond ideas

I spent a beautiful sunny morning exploring Jockey’s Ridge State Park with my sibling. We walked all over the wind driven dunes that stretch between the Atlantic Ocean and Albemarle Sound. This is the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States, now confined to a relatively small area of 426 acres. At one time, the dunes of the Outer Banks extended all the way to the southern end of Virginia. Land overdevelopment during the 20th century permanently changed what must have been a magnificent natural phenomenon. I thoroughly enjoyed what little is left.

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” – John Steinbeck