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

As someone who tries to practice mindfulness, I am reminded to stay 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 allow the interaction of time and motion to become a paint brush.  The resulting image has a degree of unpredictability. Aleatoricism is the incorporation of chance into the process of creation, especially the creation of art or media. The word derives from the Latin word alea, the rolling of dice (from Wikipedia).

For this exhibit (and others that are forthcoming), I seek to convey subject’s energy or spirit, rather than visual details.  In viewing these images, I encouraged you to put more distance between yourself and your computer screen than normal and view with soft eyes. To control the amount of light received by my camera’s sensor under long exposures (typically 2 to 30 seconds), I use the smallest lens aperture possible and often a neutral density (darkening) filter.