19 January 2015
Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on each image to enlarge.
Refractions appear daily in my home, and never never seem trite and unimportant. They are ethereal mysteries of natural light that make me quiver with visual pleasure.
As they glide across the wall, I glide with patience to observe the performance that will occur–a performance that is not duplicated or tiresome. The whimsy keeps me attentive; nature’s play is addictive.
I pause to ruminate upon Mother Nature’s genius. This everyday entertainment is startling to behold. Every sighting is evergreen. It’s new and old all at once. Elements remain similar, and my devotion is steadfast. On cloudy days I find disappointment lingering.
My curiosity heightens anticipation. Even when they are not actively present in my thoughts, a refraction’s appearance raises a kind of euphoria. The light moves through a second-story window, bends through the glass and lands with a gentle movement onto the wall. It’s design is ephemeral, and only made permanent by my stilling the moment.
In the Lens section are three (0f ten shot) of this week’s fanciful images, which were taken over a twenty-minute span. The metamorphosis always intrigues, the metamorphosis always instigates desire for more. As the sunshine edges forward into space and time, it disappears.
Tip of the Week: Last week I discussed the idea of flow, which was introduced in the 1990s by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who contributed to the greater understanding of the creative process. The myriad of ideas and theories that circulate about creativity are bountiful. I doubt whether there will be a time when new views on the subject cease. I intend upon occasion to offer my readers slices of the literary and visual arts as well as social science about creativity. Regardless of one’s field of study and interest, the continuum for new ways of seeing and innovation are limitless, and, therefore, the impetus and products of the creative mind are infinite. History proves that a single leaf or a bunch of wires and circuits can lead to unimaginable inventive results. Here is a few favorites quotes about creativity by the author, journalist, political activist, and winner of the Pulitzer prize Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980):
“Perhaps in time I shall learn to live more deeply and consistently in that undistracted center of being where the will does not intrude, and the sense of time passing is lost, or has no power over the imagination.” Katherine Anne Porter, Notes on Writing, 1936
“Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist–the only thing he’s good for–is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning. Even if it’s only his view of a meaning. That’s what he’s for–to give his view of life.” Katherine Anne Porter
“You do not create a style. You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being.’ Katherine Anne Porter
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1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.