Entropy

  Because the rust is so prominent in this image, giving the appearance of a “bleeding” or disintegrating stairway, I see it as an excellent illustration of entropy—matter in the process of dissipation, reverting back to heat energy. Everything disintegrates. Dust to dust. Iron rusts, computers fail, bones break, noise disrupts communication, relationships fail, businesses […]

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 […]

What Lifts Us Up?

  Spring came early this year. The crocuses and daffodils are already in full bloom. Having made the above image last week I thought about using it here because daffodils represent rebirth. This being the Easter season I thought that “resurrection”  might be an appropriate theme, but then I learned that strictly speaking, the word refers to an individual being […]

Wisdom Of The Spheres

There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere. Ralph Waldo Emerson     From atoms to galaxies the sphere is a prominent form because it requires the least amount of energy to form and has the least possible area for the […]

Knowledge And Imagination

  Appreciators relish detail. They follow the lines of interest and attraction as far as they can because observation, knowledge and reflection improve both the breadth and depth of experience. In addition to contemplating a finished photograph, which has been the emphasis of my offerings so far, I thought I’d provide some descriptions of going […]

Entropy

  Because the rust is so prominent in this image, giving the appearance of a “bleeding” or disintegrating stairway, I saw it as an excellent illustration of entropy—matter in the process of dissipation, reverting back to heat energy. Everything disintegrates. Dust to dust. Iron rusts, computers fail, bones break, noise disrupts communication, relationships fail, businesses […]

Subtle Attraction

  There are many ways that photography can feed the soul. My contemplations so far have largely consisted of metaphoric and imaginative reflections with the images in front of me. Recently had reason to reprint Dry Dock Boat and, as the image was taking shape in the developer, my heart was activated before I even […]

Radiance

Early in my photographic life I formulated a guideline that has served me well to this day. Since light is the essence that reveals subject matter, and because my urge was to pursue essences, I adopted the practice of looking more for qualities of light than subject matter. Because color tends to arrest the attention, […]

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 […]