Cultivation

  When I photographed these orderly rows of young corn extending to the horizon, I was thinking about the farmer and his work, evidenced by the tractor tracks and the amount of time, money and energy it took to plant this enormous field. Reflecting on the image now, I appreciate the contribution of all growers and […]

JOURNALISM ETHICS AND AUDIENCE DISCERNMENT

What’s a citizen to believe? With all the buzz about “false” and “fake” news, foreign influence in elections, intelligence leakers, inflammatory talk shows and social media manipulators how can we know the truth of anything that’s being reported? We can’t. Given any situation that’s reported, we weren’t present to see for ourselves what happened. The […]

Art And Meaning

The random arrangement of elements juxtaposing lights and darks in this image comes near to creating abstraction because the subject matter is easily “read.” Another aesthetic feature here is the number of visual elements, each tonal change representing one element. More elements make an image more complex, so there’s increased potential in the information that […]

Wabi-Sabi: The Art Of Impermanence

We tend to think of entropy as something “bad,” the inevitable tendency for matter to dissipate, for all living things to die. As embodied creatures we naturally would prefer to avoid this downward spiral—for ourselves, others, our pets, creations, cherished objects and the systems we use in order to function. And because death is so […]

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 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 […]

Seeing And Interpreting

  In a previous blog I noted that it’s the brain that sees, not the eyes which send data via electrical impulses to the brain where they are interpreted to make seeing instantaneously possible. The image above, taken with a zoom lens, reveals something about perception—beyond merely seeing. In an instant the eye/brain/nervous system have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Perception

  In part, our uniqueness as individual human beings traces to our capacity to perceive, beyond merely seeing. Aldous Huxley famously and rightly observed that “The eyes and the nervous system do the sensing, the mind does the perceiving.” The eyes gather information and the nervous system delivers it to the brain where it is […]