Outside the periphery
We tend to neglect the sheer improbability of existence and the marvel of its performances. But since we can readily view all things from an eternal frame of reference, time presents a fertile opportunity for imagination.
“Our notions of law and harmony are commonly confined to those instances we detect; but the harmony results from a far greater number of seemingly conflicting, but really concurring, laws, which we have not detected, is still more wonderful.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Even under a full moon, if the air is clear the stars appear.
“Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.” – Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
The local and distant interfuse in an open system under the night sky, articulated only through an absolute and ungeneralizable singularity. The immersion of life and matter in the real depends on the force and effect of duration.
“Likes won’t get you diddly in these parts.” – Thomas Middleditch
As ambient conditions deliver temporary winter warming on a clear bright night, aesthetic advantage reaffirms our position on a ball floating through space. So much immediate surface is apparent, hitherto teeming with so much cosmic depth and wonder.
“What the photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” – Roland Barthes
Aloft the night
By formulating anticipation based on respective patterns, imagination is the cause of knowledge.
“We survive, and with those skills, and in that survival, we create art.” – Tom Wilson
A sense of peaceful solitude descends under the dynamic night sky. Reconciling the unfathomable, spiritual inspiration is found in the realm of cosmic appearances.
“Out of this which is unreasonable, reason in the true sense is born. Without this preceding gloom, creation would have no reality; darkness is its necessary heritage.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Forecast to move in
Clear cold windy
It felt very good to be back out photographing under the stars. Need to work on realigning priorities and make best use of available resources.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” – Carl Sagan
Knowledge attempts to explain something either by identifying component parts or by describing its effects. Ensuring a mystical aspect at the essence of existence, neither endeavor is a complete schema. Art as a spiritual practice embraces the inexhaustible unknown.
“The world is not the world as manifest to humans; to think a reality beyond our thinking is not nonsense, but obligatory.” – Graham Harman
An aspect of Kant’s transcendental aesthetic, that space and time are subjective forms of human sensation, has always been problematic. If space and time are built into our mental structure as a necessary foundation for any thought to occur, why would this necessarily mean that space and time are not also part of external reality? This substantial conundrum actually has a formal name: the Neglected Alternative.
“Nature can be thought of as a closed system whose mutual relations do not require the expression of the fact that they are thought about.” – Alfred North Whitehead
Connatural knowledge associated with emotion bestows intentionality to artwork, as creative intuition and beauty are intricately entwined. Because objects exist independently of human experience, they are never themselves ontologically exhausted. This inexhaustibility implies that human perceptual relations always contain hidden potential, as a kind of spirituality accessible aesthetically.
“Even the most bizarre combinations of entities are a reality never exhausted by any perception or use of this combination.” – Graham Harman