The Evolutionary Spiral

  The metal stairway in this image evokes in me considerations of the evolutionary spiral, the universe’s operating system, which we know to “favor” increased novelty, diversity, adaptation, complexity and higher levels of organization and awareness. Along the bottom steps of the oil tank, I see the significant ordering that has already occurred. In the […]

Point Of View

  POV. In a film script this can indicate the camera position or the viewpoint of a character. In a recent screening of an episode of “24,” the TV series featuring Kiefer Sutherland, the President of the United States and the Vice-president vehemently disagreed on whether or not to retaliate with a nuclear strike against […]

Micro—Macro

                  For me, part of the appeal of these images is that they at once evoke the sensibilities of living cells and astronomical bodies—the “innerverse” viewed under a microscope and the universe viewed through a telescope. At both extremes we observe diverse parts that join together to […]

Grandparents

  Here are Linda and me at a restaurant with our grandson Ethan. He’s eight in this picture; now he’s nine. We love being grandparents. Among other things, Linda is his confidant and storyteller and I’m a grownup playmate. Recently I read an article by Rachael Caspari entitled The Evolution of Grandparents (Autumn 2016, Scientific […]

Emergence

    In considering this image of clouds for contemplation, the theme that first came to mind was “immensity.” However, in keeping with my propensity to trace subject matter back to its origins, I observed that every human who ever lived has seen skies like this. Curious to know when an atmosphere developed on the […]

Transcend And Include

  These retired coin-operated newspaper dispensers elicited three ideas, sparked by my reading of The Eye of Spirit: An Integral Vision For a World Gone Slightly Mad by Ken Wilber. If you’re not familiar with him, scholars in a variety of fields regard him as one of the most influential American philosophers of our time. […]

Finding Virtues

  I very much appreciate the structure of jazz music—theme, variations, theme—and sometimes apply that structure to photography. Last week’s posting of variations on a single daylily leaf continues here with variations on a common weed called Bristle Grass. It’s one among the many weeds that are part of my Reverence For Nature’s Geometry project. […]

The Healing Power of Art

  In the process of attempting to find a home for my photographs on the walls of hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, physician and dental offices I sought out evidence for what I already knew—that beautiful images can and do contribute to healing. What I found was fascinating and encouraging for serious photographers, amateurs and […]

Fear

  My posted contemplations are primarily about appreciation, gratitude and perception. While fear is generally an undesirable sensation, I appreciate it too as one of the primary forces that affects human behavior universally. It has survival value for individuals, and socially it’s an evolutionary driver. I also appreciate it’s significance as one of the most […]

Trust

Seen from a distance, the colors of Autumn evidence the seasonal transition. The leaves turning brown, yellow or red and then falling from the trees at once signify death and the cyclical nature of life. Up close however, as this image reveals, it is also the time for the deposition of seeds, the first act in replacing the […]