Presence And The Present Moment

  In this image I observe and celebrate the aesthetic of the present moment, happenings and combinations of elements that once existed and are gone. In this instance, the patterns and textures lasted perhaps a day at most before being lost to the incoming tide. It’s the story of impermanence, of risings and fallings, comings […]

Vision And Realization

The relationship between the workers seen here and their towering creation took me to that place of amazement over what and how fast we build. Prior to these steel structures being set in place, beams that would eventually support the bleacher seats in a football stadium, there were innumerable people involved—those with the vision and […]

Art And Meaning

The random arrangement of elements juxtaposing lights and darks in this image comes near to creating abstraction because the subject matter is easily “read.” Another aesthetic feature here is the number of visual elements, each tonal change representing one element. More elements make an image more complex, so there’s increased potential in the information that […]

Wabi-Sabi: The Art Of Impermanence

We tend to think of entropy as something “bad,” the inevitable tendency for matter to dissipate, for all living things to die. As embodied creatures we naturally would prefer to avoid this downward spiral—for ourselves, others, our pets, creations, cherished objects and the systems we use in order to function. And because death is so […]

The Benefits of Photography

  A recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that “Taking photos enhances the enjoyment of positive experiences across a range of contexts and methodologies.” Among the 2000 individuals studied, those who took photos generally derived more enjoyment from a positive experience—such as a family outing or travel—than those who did […]

Aesthetic Preferences

This haunting little image was made before sunrise on a cold October morning. I was cruising the back roads in the hills of Amish country in mid-state Ohio, when I saw an orange light in the window and a whisp of smoke—not much else—as can be seen in the color image below. That original was tack […]

Shifting Perspectives

  One of my long-standing pet peeves has been littering. I even won a speech contest by ranting and raving about it in my high school years. Linda and I were running errands recently and we saw several places strewn with litter. Two years ago when I contacted the person in charge of cleaning up […]

Transition

  As we transition into Autumn, rather than post a series of images—as I did through the summer months—I’ll return to the original format of posting a single image with a brief, associated contemplation. As stated on the home page, the purpose of this blog is to, by way of demonstration, encourage you to use […]

The Shaker Aesthetic

      The Shakers were founded in England in 1747 by Mother Ann Lee. They practiced celibacy. Men and women lived apart in dormitory-like buildings, but they came together to work and pray. They believed in personal communication with a God who was both male and female. They had hymns and work songs. Observing […]

Legacy

  What do we leave behind? Does it matter? These are the questions that comes to mind as I contemplate this image. Without any pretense or intention, a bird left behind not only a feather, but also the potential for a human being’s aesthetic enjoyment and growth—and in the context of this blog, contemplation. My […]