07 August 2017
Taken in Polamatic and edited in Snapseed, FX PhotoStudio and Pixlr.
Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.
Words are the wellspring of inner and outer survival. They bridge our days and nights between the world and ourselves. I’m always intrigued and thrilled to discover a single word that manages to express the depth and breath of a concept that often defies explanation. But that discovery often eludes, and can only be met with enthusiasm when found.
Sometimes a word of staggering significance can bemuse and surprise as it enters my universe. Yesterday was one of those moments that the new filled the synapses with a deep sigh of satisfaction. Anoesis is that space sought as a panacea for stress in the nuances and weight of everyday life. To be completely free of incoming thoughts that either buoy or sink our spirits is to be in lyrical balance. That place, that space is a precious respite for the mind’s best, mixed and sketchy work. It grabs the conscious and lets it free itself of the hard work. It’s close to other such mind’s work of curious mystery, not empty but closed to chatter and turmoil.
During the creative process there are spaces that are called flow, Alpha state, the zone and other such descriptors. Regardless, the act of creativity takes heavy lifting, and the mind knows it. It can seem effortless in the flow state, but in actuality we are busy immersing ourselves on the path to fulfillment. Quite the opposite of anoesis, which is a challenge to achieve.
While I have experienced the sensation of flow in various configurations, the exercise to create a photomontage can gracefully slip me into that arena of quietude as well as emotional and mental tranquility. It’s hard to delineate the precise notion of this state of focus, the confluence of concentration upon a specific act.
In the Lens section is an image that is a tribute to this summer’s overabundance of gorgeous hydrangeas. The landscape is abuzz with their tiny florets that form various size boughs and clusters. They are a prize for anyone’s observations.
In the throes of a few photo shoots, I found a hydrangea covered in soft colors from off-whites to soft pinks to bold purples to vocal blues. The image became a composite from that large plant, and reminds me of the state of simply being to effectively create a worthy image that bursts with enthusiasm.
After completion the image became a symbol of that place of flow: a place that brings experience upon experience into the mix to influence the visible and invisible realms of the ever-ever-evolving universe. The photomontage articulates the sensibilities of the image making as it is being made: a chaos that becomes softly noticeable and real. Then settles into itself, defining its meaning. The placement of image upon image releases a collaboration between what is seen and what it becomes, moving beyond the original to the new.
Recently, the article “Racing to Save the Reef” (by Glenn Kenny, The New York Times, 07 July 2017) introduced the latest documentary by the team that produced “Chasing Ice” (2012). “Chasing Coral” was launched by Netflix in July, and is a powerful contribution to materials that inform about climate change and its ramifications. It specifically focuses on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and how the oceans are being effected by the escalating alteration and volatility of the weather. To read an article about the film and its producers, click here. Here is another review of “Chasing Coral” about nature programming at its finest and most disturbing.