"Contemplation is panoramic, receptive awareness whereby you take in all that the situation, the moment, the event offers, without judging, eliminating, or labeling anything up or down, good or bad. It is a pure and positive gaze, unattached to outcome or critique." Richard Rohr
Henry David Thoreau: "Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end . . ."
Over the last couple of years, I have fallen into a rut of what I photograph: mostly of the bay, in one way or another. So here are some alternatives—a different direction of attention. I like these because they are so different from what I usually photograph, and also because they are good examples I think of—just this is it, thusness, being itself . . .
Been sort of out of it for a couple of weeks. I worked on some images but couldn't find any I really liked. Then today: taken sort at random—just what I was seeing in a particular moment—I like these. I haven't worked on them much—more or less as they came out of the iPhone (!). Entertainment for a weekend . . .
I've been under the weather for the last week or so, thus I haven't posted anything here. Still not up to par--meanwhile, I've been playing--new framings, and using a new infrared filter.
Overcast, light drizzle, 56 degrees and going down, wind chill tonight; good day to sleep, play--here with an infrared filter in Lightroom
"A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it,
Having realized it, he admits it,
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.
He thinks of his enemy
as the shadow that he himself casts."
Tao Te Ching, Mitchell translation
On the other hand (in response to Yeats), photography is sometimes associated with play, and I think play is an important, essential component of our being human. So . . .
the other day I was walking around downtown and came across some of the artwork of various sorts that can be found there. I decided to combine what I saw and photographed into one image (in other words, I was playing). While play like this is not a complete (or adequate) response to Yeats' anxiety, it can relieve it to some extent, or perhaps provide an alternate way of looking at our world and provide a glimpse of hope . . .