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 […]

Part—Whole Relationship

Do you see the jetliner? Remove any one of the pixels in the above image and there would be a hole in the whole (photograph). It wouldn’t be complete. It wouldn’t be the same photograph. Some might say it has a flaw. The universe presents itself to us as a system composed of parts-within-wholes, of […]

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 […]

Nautical

  I’ve always been attracted to things nautical: ships, boats, rope, sail and rigging, running paint and patterned reflections. Beyond function, I delight in the surfaces, textures, rhythms and forms that I find on piers, docks, harbors and marinas. They interrupt light beautifully, illuminating the full spectrum of aesthetic dimensions— line, contrast, shadow, gradation, texture […]

Graphic Images

  The word “graphic” comes from the Greek graphikós, “to draw.” Photographs that a contain only solid black and pure white values with little or no mid-tones are regarded as graphic because of their resemblance to drawing. Strong black lines and shapes help the eye to focus on the linear essences of a subject, their […]

Symmetry

  According to Nobel laureate Phil Anderson, “It is only slightly overstating the case to say that physics is the study of symmetry.” The word “symmetry”comes from the Greek, synnetria, meaning “Agreement in dimensions, due proportion, arrangement.” I’ve chosen this theme for contemplation because, somewhere along the line, having gotten into the habit of noticing […]

As Above, So Below

  One of the benefits of a photographic image is that it presents us with a moment, usually a fraction of a second, and holds us there the better to reflect and appreciate the subject matter. The actual scene or situation before us is part of our continuous experience, so mentally and physically we’re always […]

The Flowering Of Our Humanity

  Color texture and geometry combine here to elicit an immediate visceral response—a Wow!— whether from a potential pollinator or a human observer. It’s the energy of attraction. But from where does it originate? From the flower itself? From the image of the flower? From the colors and the arrangement of elements? Likely all of […]

Presence And The Present Moment

  In this image I observe and celebrate the aesthetic of the present moment, images that represent happenings and combinations of elements that existed and are gone. In this instance, these patterns and textures lasted perhaps a day before being lost to the incoming tide. For me, this image tells the story of impermanence, of […]