Saturday, February 28, 2015

Worldly Photographs

Some experience the world with enduring curiosity.
I had been chipping at the world idly, and had by accident uncovered vast and labyrinthine further worlds within it.
— Annie Dillard, An American Childhood
Some discover the poetic allure of worldly phenomena by accident, others discover with intent. Attentiveness to sensual phenomena requires discipline. Attentiveness must be practiced and exercised like one might practice running, yoga, meditation, or tai chi.
Push it. Examine all things intensely and relentlessly.
— Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Originating with the fine art photography movement in the 1890s, photographers have used the mental and physical act of curating visual input to tune and exercise the brain to visual receptiveness.

For many photographers, photographing is a discipline of
Attentiveness with intent
Erosion Spider above is one of the 2014 European Geosciences Union photo contest winners. The image was made by John Clemens in the Grand Canyon.
Toward the bottom of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, lies the Middle Cambrian Bright Angel Shale, a variably coloured sequence of relatively soft sedimentary rocks, here sculpted by erosion into a spider-like outcrop decorated with small green desert shrubs.
John Clemens
The curated photographs of the annual European Geosciences Union photo contest are a feast for the senses. Photography is a visual medium curiously capable of transporting one to a place where the other senses come to life if only in one's imagination.
Art is always the replacement of indifference by attention.
Guy Davenport