Constrained by sensations
The state of being self-conscious of duration is ascertained by referring to something external and linked with individual existence. Such experiences issue from a stable scheme coordinating all external sensations in the mind. Any sensation requires something permanent and distinct by relation to which their variation can be interpreted.
“Through inner experience I am conscious of my existence in time (and hence also of its determinability in time), and that is more than to be conscious merely of my presentation.” – Immanuel Kant
Positively phototactic organisms move towards light sources. On the midway, bright colorful lights attract more than just moths.
“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.” – Rumi
Properly functioning sensory systems provide a capacity for differential responsiveness to environmental features. Nevertheless, the rational faculty must also be operative in our experiential condition of being perceptually presented with things to grasp.
“Having something Given to one would be being given something for knowledge without needing to have capacities that would be necessary for one to be able to get to know it.” – John McDowell
Kant’s categories as underlying structures of cognition are forms and functions of judgment. Broadly speaking, cognition is the mental process of acquiring knowledge and comprehension via sensation, thought, and experience.
“Visual experience presents itself as a direct awareness of a complex physical structure.” – Wilfrid Sellars
Imagination is more than just a mediator, but rather has a dual character both sensible and conceptual. Because of this duality, Kant differentiates between ‘reproductive” and “productive” imagination. Reproductive imagination is empirical, assimilating the object without its presence by syntheses of the memory manifold. Productive imagination is transcendental in that it makes possible the reproduction of appearances.
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anaïs Nin
Element of thought
Movement on the highway indicates that all connected information is positional – knowledge is not necessarily subjective, but it is not objective and entirely true and universal either. The practical and the abstract reinforce one another in meaningful ways. All this comes to bear on photography as an attempt to interpret a changing world.
“The recognition of the light of reality within the darkness of abstraction is a contradiction – both the affirmation and the negation of the real at one and the same time.” – Ludwig Feuerbach
Metaphysical claims cannot be proven, and there is no agreed-upon standard for what constitutes reality. This ambiguous condition is augmented by the problem of free will, which suggests life is more than just physical. Participating in existence makes independent observation unattainable.
“The essence of Modernism lies, as I see it, in the use of the characteristic methods of a discipline to criticize the discipline itself.” – Clement Greenberg
Strength is trust as undeterred by particulars, made to form and reveal the eternal in numerous exceptional details. Home is within you.
“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” – Hermann Hesse
Out in the street
Cross-town vignettes play-out on an intimate scale. Everyone is the center of his or her own microcosm.
“All you do is slow me down, and I got better things on the other side of town.” – Jimi Hendrix
By accumulating experience through constant engagement, the doors of possibility multiply in response to stimulation offerings. Reimaging the familiar in novel ways is a rich source of creative satisfaction. All interpretations have the effect of framing future explications.
“I want to deal with what’s in front of me now to the best of my abilities, and sometimes that’s not very good. But a lot of the days it is really great.” – Ringo Starr