In the presence
The evening weather started out cloudy and threatening to rain, but soon the sky cleared off and the stars appeared. This provided a different take on the “Under Cover” series, which otherwise would not have been initiated.
“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.” – Stephenie Meyer
Imagination is the free conformity to the limitations of existence. There are always new boundaries to cross, fresh things to see, and innovative thoughts to think.
“The beautiful is that which, apart from a concept, is cognized as [an] object of a necessary delight.” – Immanuel Kant
Once again reacting to an unfulfilled weather forecast, the “Under Cover” image series grows in fits and starts. Not to say that anything is wrong with sporadic activity, for alluding to irregular movement seems to be an integral aesthetic component of the project. Seeking variety within an underlying stable structure is an indispensable adaptation mechanism.
“Anyone who has not had this experience of being compelled to look and, at the same time, of being filled with a desire to go beyond looking, will have difficulty in imagining how clearly and definitely these two process are felt to coexist.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Rather than operate under the presupposition that a large gap divides modernism and postmodernism, I prefer to think of these movements as components on a continuum trajectory. Like Jürgen Habermas, I consider the project of modernity as still under construction, with more insights and developments to come. The postmodern legitimates reactionary tendencies to which modernism was constantly opposed. Art is always invading unknown territory, finding direction in a landscape into which no one seems to have yet explored.
“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.” – Rebecca Solnit
Expecting night rain at Kearn based on prognostications, I set-up under convenient cover, shooting to the east towards Sedalia. Of course, the preparation in anticipation of precipitation caused the rain to travel mostly to the south. No matter, a good time was had by all.
“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.” – Vladimir Nabokov
Mental state quality
State of affairs
Purposively elaborating on the idea of using an open recreational structure as a visual framing device for the durational landscape, here is the second image in the new “Under Cover” project. It is always exhilarating to start a new thematic series of images, building on past creative success.
“Everything’s intentional. It’s just filling in the dots.” – David Byrne
Vocabulary of forms
In an effort to make durational photographs in the rain, I positioned myself under cover on a fishing pier at Maple Leaf Lake. As I set up the camera with my Zenitar 16mm fisheye lens, the unavoidable presence of the railing seemed disadvantageous. Unexpected serendipitous circumstances again prove favorable, as a new image series is born.
“It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.” – C. W. Leadbeater