In the external actuality of existence, we must respond to that which surrounds, albeit performing under only marginally controllable circumstances. Occasionally the altered environment offers overt directional clues.
“No perspective, no perception. New perspective, new perception.” – Toba Beta
I find myself enjoying another beautiful night out on location, capturing an event interval as expressed by the natural movement of the planet responding to universal forces. By being in touch with the physicality of existence, subjective philosophical thinking orients from an objective perspective.
“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” – Alan Wilson Watts
Quick and lively
Existence and essence manifest and proceed in unison. Into the world, we are thrown, with circumstances and parameters given without our control. The essence of any contingency episode is experientially assembled upon accustomed structural relations.
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
Early morning acquisition
Heart of the city
Gadabout town provision, creative friends prepare for another day of metropolis exploring. With many images to capture over miles of energetic wandering, the immediate future is bright. We will function as flâneurs, with all accompanying associations, following the path of least resistance on aimless strolls with purpose.
“Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see.” – Angelina Jolie
Dissolves in the water
The glow from Sedalia lights-up the night horizon in this moody image from the J.N. “Turkey” Kearn Memorial Conservation area. Once again, cloudy skies offer unusual aesthetic potential. I cannot seem to get enough of this sort of experience.
“The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” – Annie Dillard
Up instead of out
Adding to the height of the city, new skyscrapers emerge from the street.
“Little Indian kids on a bridge up in Canada. They can balance and they can climb. Like their fathers before them, they’ll walk the girders of the Manhattan skyline.” – Joni Mitchell
Sense of grandeur
Impressing the mind
Expanding visual efficiencies, while the two main star trails rigs are set-up in position, I roam the venue with the small Sony Rx-100 camera. Some circumstances are more conducive in providing visual stimulation than others, or perhaps more precisely, occasionally internal mentality turns on the environment.
“What I had to learn was, that I’m responsible for my perception of things.” – Chris Robinson
Heart of phenomena
When shooting star trails, it is not necessarily a bad thing to encounter clouds. An advantageous stratagem is splintering duration into specific exposure instances unique to circumstances, ready for reassembly into a composite aggregate. Metaphysical observation coupled with aesthetic praxis improves consummation.
“Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.” – Hans Margolis
An enclosed island of natural preservation offering considerable contrast, the city is framed looking out from an urban park. Its increasing significance as a wildlife habitat is exacerbated when considering what constitutes wildlife.
“And the most unusual and surrealistic place in New York City is Central Park.” – Christo
Properties of the whole
Language of harmony
Meanwhile the world still turns, forming a dynamic but universal frame of reference for its many sentient inhabitants. Eighteenth-century philosophers established distinctions between the ability to think as reason and the ability to feel as sentience. Reified abstractions of real things, all conceptual models of existence are fragments of potential.
“Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.” – Michelangelo