Transit Of Mercury

 Posted by on November 11, 2019
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I took this photograph of the sun today… If you look closely, there is a tiny black dot inside of it. That is the planet Mercury making it’s transit – passing between the Earth and the Sun – something that only happens a handful of times every century. This will not happen again until 2032, so we’ll have to wait 13 years.

Fun Fact: Mercury goes around the Sun very quickly, but spins very slowly, meaning a year would go by before a day does… So that Phish lyric was correct: “Your day is longer than your year!”

Poetry In Pictures

 Posted by on November 7, 2019
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When I take my camera out, my goal is to come home with one image that has potential. This evening I wanted to chase the sunset, but clouds blew in. Almost everything was covered, so I turned my eyes in other directions.

I noticed a black feather laying in the sand. I picked it up. I then noticed a little area of the beach that was catching light. I stuck the feather in the ground and called it macaroni… wait, no. I then zoomed way in, focused, and waited for waves to come in and out. This exposure with bubbles created a nice contrast. To me, even though simple, an image like this can speak to us on an emotional level that 95% of photography just can’t do. We shouldn’t be making photographs, we should be making poetry.

Mandala In The Sky

 Posted by on November 5, 2019
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Many times my work as an artist is unplanned. I do something, that turns into something else, then I combine it with something I did even before. Like a tadpole becoming a frog, it evolves and changes right in front of my eyes. Planning is good, but over-thinking can get in the way of unexpected progress.

Creating patterns from photographs has been an obsession of mine for the past year. Now I am spending a lot of time watching the sun. I decided to combine a mandala pattern (created from a photograph of sand on the beach) with a sunset image. To me, watching the sun is spiritual, and so the combination is quite nice. This quote really matches the feel of the image for me: “Emotions are like waves… Watch them disappear in the distance on the vast calm ocean.” – Ram Dass

The Dreaming State