01 January 2018
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.
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As autumn reigns, the sun’s position rearranges its reach, giving renewed meaning as shadows redirect their presence. Between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00 each morning the visual ritual begins.
Upon a wall in my favorite room, a series of images are cast that mesmerize. Minute by minute they are altered. And even as they are ephemeral, they are made for studied gazing. As the sun plays with my senses, there is a rising of contemplation and pure amazement.
I am caught in the performance, and it suddenly seemed appropriate to create a collage of these images. Taken over the days of last year, and gently reassuring me of the power and majesty of the universe.
Unfortunately there drifted to the surface reminders of last year–a year that brought day after day assault and upheaval upon the essence of what my country means to me. Day after day America has been systematically and sporadically attacked by our own administration, upon the essence of my country. But HOPE continues to be forecast in the days ahead. As Mother Nature’s reflections redefine their presence each day, we have an opportunity to do the same.
Rather than connote those reflections as my government’s dismantling of human rights and environmental policies (to point out a few), I prefer to interpret them as symbols of changes we need in 2018. Changes reflected in a steady, direct, dignified, humane understanding of the what it means to be human and work toward the greater good for each and every one.
The reflections in the Lens section represent my enthusiasm for nature and her wondrous possibilities. Those reflections dance with confidence and unparalleled synergy. They dance with unequaled hope for today and tomorrow.
In the new year it seems apt to honor the biologist and author (of the seminal Silent Spring, 1965) Rachel Carson (1907-1964), who was a key figure in the development of America’s environmental movement. Here are quotes that demonstrate her personal ethos.
“It is one of the ironies of our time that, while concentrating on the defense of our country against enemies from without, we should be so heedless of those who would destroy it from within.”
“The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife… Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.”
“To sin by silence, when we should protest makes cowards out of men.”
Carson’s bravery and fortitude gave voice to the environmental movement that continues today, and in many ways is part of the future’s hope. Her deeply passionate stance was in defense of the planet’s health and well-being, and her philosophy resonates with a loud blast at the beginning of 2018.