Equifinality

  The whole system’s principle of “equifinality,” a term coined by the father of systems theory, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, holds that in open systems, those that have external interactions, a given end state can be reached by many potential means. To lock on to a single pathway, observation or solution can overlook a simpler or […]

Identity

  On another day this image could evoke a contemplation on birth, fertility or gestation. Today, because I’m seeing this chicken egg as the potential for an individual, it draws me into considerations of identity. It prompts me to ask, “Who am I?” I once heard a story about a prince who was asked this […]

Work

  The image of this railroad worker reminds me to appreciate being able to choose work that’s in alignment with what gives me joy and a sense of fulfillment. My parents didn’t have that luxury. Many people love manual labor and don’t want to be sitting at a desk or computer. They deserve our respect […]

Everyday Beauty

    When I hear “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” I take it to mean that some people find beauty where others do not. An artist friend who designs and sells jewelry once remarked that he made it a practice to experience beauty every day. I thought that was wonderful. But between […]

Subtle Attraction

  There are many ways that photography can feed the soul. Recently I had reason to reprint Dry Dock Boat and, as the image was taking shape in the developer, my heart was activated before I even had a chance to reflect on the subject matter. Later, I decided to contemplate the impulse of heart […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Belief

  Last week’s contemplation on entrainment prompted me to think more about railroad tracks as a metaphor for life’s journey. I was editing other images and came across this one, a demonstration that life isn’t a straight line on a single track, but a progression along many tracks with lots of switching in between. Looking […]

Stop! Pay Attention

Whenever I see this image it reminds me to stop and look, to pay attention to the commonplace items and situations that tend not to be seen or are easily passed over. It may be this, more than anything else, that enriches the present moment. Brief acts of perceiving, beyond looking, are the visual equivalent […]