In the Moment

Time…
is a construct of man.
There is no future or past.
Even this moment
Is too fleeting to last.
All we can do, is corral,
Like wild stallions,
The streaming, flow
Of these chronological
moments, and see them,
collectively, as one moment:
Like an omniscient body
of moving water, like kids,
we must jump right in,
splashing and frolicking,
in order we may be and live
among the
“Present Moment.”
Where, even, “Eternity” resides.

— John Thomas Tansey

I remind myself to try to keep my focus in the present moment, even as it passes to the next. Our brains create visual continuity among ephemeral stimuli in order to make sense of the world.  A photograph captures the light reflecting off an object or emanating from it. Humans and their surroundings normally appear solid with sharp boundaries when they are actually bundles of light that glow and fade. 

In this exhibit, rather than freezing motion or maximizing clarity, I use long exposures to allow the interaction of time and motion to become a paint brush.  The resulting image has an inherent degree of unpredictability, depending on exposure time and movement. A side effect of this approach is that I am forced to slow down.

For this exhibit (and others that are forthcoming), I seek to convey subject’s energy or spirit, rather than its visual details.  In viewing these images, I encourage you to allow more distance between yourself and your screen than normal and to view it with soft eyes. To limit the amount of light received by my camera’s sensor from the 2 to 60 second exposures, I use the smallest lens aperture possible and often a neutral density (darkening) filter.