A mental projection requires self-awareness. Nevertheless, subjectivity is compelled by a world distinct from itself. This seems to resonate with the core concept of connaturality.
“The ‘I’ is thus an active universal that essentially involves particularity and individuality, a concrete universal.” – Michael Inwood
Dissolved organic matter
Easy to overlook, occasionally there is a complete landscape situated at your feet. In this elucidation, the relationship of constant change to procedural continuity is evident.
“Indeed, there are in the field of so-called scientific research two domains that can quite easily be recognized, that in which one seeks, and that in which one finds.” – Jacques Lacan
An essence of place develops slowly, with repeated exposure over an extended time frame. Aesthetic success is depended on active participation.
“There is no perception of a particular actual entity, but only a series of generalizations, or characterizations by universals.” – Alfred North Whitehead
Constrains are imposed on individual behavior in favor of the operational whole. Yet even societal restrictions can be a source of imaginative freedom.
“Roadblocks can lead to very creative solutions that you would not have thought about had it not been there.” – Kingsley Grant
The overhead shelter configuration at the Outer Banks Visitor’s Center is surprisingly abstract.
“Orientation amounts to a reconnection with these more ultimate surroundings.” – Edward S. Casey
Observed in passing and quickly captured, an abstract geometrical extraction verges on minimalism. Color and form graphically contribute as visionary tools to express essential meaning.
“The job of the color photographer is to provide some level of abstraction that can take the image out of the daily.” – Joel Sternfeld
Collection of elements
Visually organizing a random monochromatic pattern of folding chairs, efficiently positioned as standing reserve, supports clear insight. The validity of all rational assertions stems from a generalization of particulars into abstractions.
“The aesthetic object is the work of art perceived as a work of art, that is, the work of art which gets the perception it solicits and deserves and which is fulfilled in the spectator’s docile consciousness.” – Mikel Dufrenne
In the sunlight
It is nice when the embarkation and the destination are intellectually equivalent. Under such conditions of understanding, in its infinite particularity, the primacy of the journey is firmly established. Emotionally experiencing our relationship to elegance builds deep meaning within the otherwise inconsequential. Trivial significance opens doors of perception.
“Aesthetics is that kind of meditation on art in which humanity’s state of feeling in relation to the beautiful represented in art is the point of departure and the goal that sets the standard for all its definitions and explanations.” – Martin Heidegger
Walking in the sand is therapeutic for the feet.
“Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.” – Jorge Luis Borges
Leaking into the distance
Fine art frames consciousness subject to immanent exposition. When responding to stimulation in a purely aesthetic way, space and time work as Kantian forms of intuition. On this occasion, it occurs that energy and matter might also bypass intermediate levels of cognition. In phenomenological parlance, here the concepts of understanding are bracketed-off in a Husserlian epoché.
“Our knowledge rests on an intuition which is not, at least which is never purely, intellectual.” – H. Wendon Carr