Category Archives: Star Trails

Ethereal Sympathy

Infinite circle
Stimulating enigma
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

Point Dwelling

Discourse trajectory
Itinerary consequence
Deciphered destination

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

Exists as Becoming

Irresistibly drawn
Difference insistence
Impinge relief

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


Accumulated time
Banded display
Ordered color

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

Another Shore

Splendor hung
Aloft the night
Always moving

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

Whatever Comes

Graceful way
In fragments
Night seasons

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

Bring On the Night

Forecast to move in
Extracted promise
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

Nascent Movement

Object turn
Unified realities
Dominant strains

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

Supersensible Realities

Natural disposition
Theoretical knowledge
Formal conditions

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

Laden with Emotion

Deep reserve
Virtual vigilance
Vital tension

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