Context And Order

  I was thinking about the complexity represented in this image when I noticed that it’s also rich in context, providing both time and space perspectives. The nighttime and elevated point of view displays pattern, while the time-exposure reveals motion. Combined, the image speaks to me of complexity, interaction, order, flow and intersection. My contemplation […]

High Key

  I recently had a dream where I was walking around a gallery where the large black & white photographs on display were all in “high key”—white subjects on white backgrounds; some grey values but no deep blacks. It’s a technique I found very challenging over the years. My results were very spotty. Working with […]

Happy Incidences

  Look closely at this image. Anyone who has engaged in sustained creative activity, irrespective of medium and expression, has encountered a multitude of “happy accidents,” positive outcomes that occur spontaneously, without intention or planning. The occurrence of a dragonfly in this image was one of them. Somewhere in my early sixties I’d experienced so many […]

Flow

  “Going with the flow” has become a popular expression, suggesting that the better life strategy is to align with rather than resist what is happening. As guidance for individual behavior, paddling with the “current”—in the context of home, work and relationships—is certainly easier than paddling against it. The image of waving grass brought to […]

Light And Shadow

  There’s an intrinsic satisfaction, an aesthetic pleasure, that comes from the experience of light when it plays a prominent, sometimes dominant, role in a photograph or painting. The works of masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Turner and Hooper are largely characterized and revered for the qualities of light they depict. Light and shadow are […]

Context And Order

  I was thinking about the complexity represented in this image when I noticed that it’s also rich in context, providing both time and space perspectives. The nighttime and elevated point of view displays pattern, while the time-exposure reveals motion. Combined, the image speaks to me of complexity, interaction, order, flow and intersection. My contemplation […]

Welcome

Welcome to Contemplative Photography, a weekly offering of photographic images with accompanying contemplations intended to demonstrate an approach to photography that contributes to appreciation, awareness, perception and the development of a personal aesthetic. Although the act of making photographs of any kind can be cause for appreciation and reflection, the practitioner of contemplative photography is […]