Monthly Archives: May 2015

Durational Marks

Functions of the present
Dwell a good deal more
Cosmic bliss-void beyond

This enduring project of earth/sky imaging is the polar opposite of immediate gratification influenced by social pressure. It is rather a foundational process of learning about the essential nature of life’s vital forces. Somehow, consciousness evolved on our planet. Unrelenting effort coupled with intense desire can continuously improve creative results.

“Miracles happen every day, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” – Jon Bon Jovi


Explication influence
Reveal and develop
Subjective sanction

Found, rendered, and presented as separate components unified into a cohesive whole, an abstract geometric appearance manifests. This mereological view is aesthetically explicated in collaboration with the shadowself, helping to establish entity boundaries.

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.” – C.G. Jung


Severe appearance
Without excess
Lacking softness

A deduction is a claim designed to justify concept employment. With significant form extracted from arbitrary elements of a motel parking lot, this image is a companion to yesterday’s post. The aesthetic result is a nice example of Kant’s transcendental argument. Our thoughts, experience, and subsequent knowledge are a function of not only what is out there, but also how we cognitively synthesize.

“It would follow that ‘significant form’ was form behind which we catch a sense of ultimate reality.” – Clive Bell


Sternly plain
Rigidly conforming
Sharply delineated

Organizing and extracting detail of haphazard stipulations in a western Kansas motel parking lot on a bright sunny morning placed me into a kind of minimalist abstract frame of mind.

“Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.” – Katharine Fullerton Gerould


Physical surrounding
Mental landscape
Entity distinction

Conceptual thought representations indicate possible ways of cutting up the world at its joints. Abstract tracings found in the road stimulate rational intuition. On the other hand, the instantaneous is a response function of duration.

“All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention.” – Rudolf Arnheim

High Rise

Live action blend
Stacked up so tall
Closed environment

Movement as consisting of uniform durational estimation, impressions of the city made while walking the street during twilight are specific to temporal place. Consciousness, perception, experience, and phenomenology are all relative to time.

“We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception.” – Vernon Howard

Dimensions of Awareness

Fluid universality
Diffused equally
Animating existence

In our densely populated metropolises of human concentration, it is easy to become disconnected from the essential realities of existence circumstances. Inhabiting just a small fragile planet floating in an infinite cosmic splendor, the night offers spiritual awakening.

“We are stardust, billion year old carbon. We are golden, caught in the devil’s bargain. And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” – Joni Mitchell

Over Water

Distinct essence
Sensible things

The reflective optical effects of water surfaces are always fascinating. Something about the undulating interface boundary is primordially significant. Adding a little lattice geometry as an element of conceptualization brings human construction into the mix.

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle


In the course
Occurring variation
Unity of opposites

Parmenides rejected all change as impossible, claiming that reality is an undifferentiated and unchanging whole. In stark contradiction to this concept of a static universe, Heraclitus concluded that nature is always changing, flowing ever onwards. Going with the flow, is it possible to reconcile these two seemingly opposite views? Perhaps as a matter of scale, small local variations may well fit into a larger pattern of continuity. The universe abides.

“Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing, for the known way is an impasse.” – Heraclitus

Corridors of Time

Distant skies
Texture close
Fleeting not yet gone

Repeated visits to the same secluded location reveal dynamic cyclic changes within a cosmic framework. Within an extended duration, calm contemplation discloses a profusion of life forms in symbiotic competition. The fundamental nature of being as embeded in the vast universe is worthy for long-term photographic investigation.

“We must realize that nature is revealed in the simplest meadow, wood lot, marsh, stream, or tidepool, as well as in the remote grandeur of our parks and wilderness areas.” – Ansel Adams