Home from School

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My sons, just home from school.

I’m taking a short break from writing about the work from Haiti.

Sometimes, photographs ask to be made just because of the way light is. Earlier today, in a photography class, I said that light was the necessary parenthesis for photographs to happen. Light helps us find the moments that are most pregnant within the continuum of experience.

This was one such moment. A few minutes ago.

Leica M(240), Summilux 35mm lens, post-processed with Lightroom

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5 Comments

  1. I totally agree with what you say about light, Pradip.
    And, perhaps, beside helping us to ‘find the moments that are most pregnant within the continuum of experience’, the light may shape the volume and the depth of how those pregnant moments finally get woven into our memory, comparable to how different the performances of a piece of music can affect our emotions…
    I’m writing out of the fact that since 5 weeks I’m sitting under the mostly flat and dull light of the Zurich sky and the longing for home, caressed by that full and cristalline swedish lights, is growing…
    Urs

  2. Urs – thank you so much for these thoughts! I wish I could send you some on-demand glow 🙂 Cannot agree more about your mention of music, but I also feel this ‘model’, the one of pregnancy, may apply to any endeavor that strives to understand and become the world. And speaking of music, have you heard Christian Spering’s CD “Inside Bach”? I can hardly go a day without a small glimpse of this work.

  3. Pradip – may be, high complexity needs more than only one model to approximately be explained, I think. I like both ideas. Tone and sound…
    Observing myself while listening to Christian Spering’s Inside Bach I must say that the space between one plucking a string and another contained the most emotion I felt…The space in between – is that the eye of the secret?

  4. Urs – yes, the moment between moments. I have often considered this difficult-to-articulate experience as a flag that says: scientific reasoning, or romanticism, or even (dare I say this, because I think so highly of him) William Blake’s cautionary works in the face of the Enlightenment are all wrangled up in too narrow a set of paradigms. In fact, all that this moment-between-moments stuff may do for us is act as a reminder that we are bouncing against a cognitive/ perceptual ceiling… waiting for some evolutionary process that breaks us through the canopy into another phase of awareness. It is possible that the psychologist Julian Jaynes, looking back on our cognitive history, offered some suggestions about the last such evolutionary phase. Bicameralism (ah what a sweet pun for photographers!) seems plausible enough to me to at least suggest we are capable of other (as yet unimaginable) cognitive jumps. I do believe that belief itself, and its offshoots (religion, faith, God) are part of our current ceiling. Sorry for the long response… but I’ve been thinking about this a lot for the past three years or so – in fact much of the “Reflectance” series was a crude attempt at working through these fuzzy zones.
    Indeed, your ‘eye of the secret’ is very, very apt. I love the term! Thank you!

  5. Readers may like to know that Urs has a lot of work up on his wonderful site – and his words here are consistent with his photographs. Take a look!

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