Monochrome Monday – Albemarle Scrapyard

I found some cool compositions in this abandoned scrapyard near downtown Albermarle, North Carolina.  After squeezing myself, and equipment, through a narrow opening in the building (3rd image below), dozens of mosquitoes descended on me in an instant.  I had to get my shots and get out quick!

Albermarle Scrapyard Composition 2
Albermarle Scrapyard Composition 2
Albermarle Scrapyard Composition 1
Albermarle Scrapyard Composition 1
Albermarle Scrapyard Building Composition 1
Albermarle Scrapyard Building Composition 1

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Cheers,

C. S.

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Downtown Winston-Salem Cityscapes Pt III, 4 pics

Artivity on the Green Composition 2

Well, it took longer than I expected to finish the remaining compositions in this series.  I hope you enjoy.

Patio Lines Abstract
Patio Lines Abstract
Artivity on the Green Composition 2
Artivity on the Green Composition 2
Artivity on the Green Composition 1
Artivity on the Green Composition 1
Bailey Power Plant Restoration 2
Bailey Power Plant Restoration 2

 

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Happy 4th of July!

C. S.

Park Building Composition: Horizontal or Vertical?

I need your help in picking the best composition below, horizontal or vertical.  These were captured early morning at a local park.  The horizontal image is were I’m leaning; it feels more balanced.  I also like the contrasting tonality between the two structures.

Park Maintenance Building Horizontal Composition
Park Maintenance Building Horizontal Composition
The vertical image better isolates the interesting side lighting on the stairs and railing.  Which do you like the best?

Park Maintenance Building Vertical Composition
Park Maintenance Building Vertical Composition
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A Study of Extra-Dimensional Space

Stone Park Portal - A Study of Extra-Dimensional Space

The notion of “portals”, suggested by this composition, opens up a vast body of thought and science, particularly around the intersections of religion, philosophy and physics.  How do we perceive what exists beyond our conventional notion of 3 dimensions? The ideas around this question are substantial.  But here’s a quick summary of what I found along with some thoughts from my study on the subject.

Stone Park Portal - A Study of Extra-Dimensional Space
Stone Park Portal – A Study of Extra-Dimensional Space

In Hinduism, all matter is an illusion know as Maya, where our narrow perception of physical and mental reality blinds us from knowing the “one truth”.  Conversely, Brahman as a metaphysical concept, is the single binding unity behind the diversity in all that exists in the universe. Maya is destroyed when we perceive Brahman with transcendental knowledge.

In philosophy, there is the dualist view of “mind separate from matter” (i.e. Descartes), and the monism view of a singleness to everything.  While proponents of materialism and physicalism debate the metaphysic questions of “ultimately, what is there?” and “what is it like”, the science of theoretical physics seeks to describe a scientific understanding of our universe.

Einstein’s theory of general relativity and the 20 century evolution of quantum mechanics has led to a compelling, but sometimes contradictory view of the universe.   At a string theory conference in 1995 M-theory immerged as the unifying “Theory of Everything” (ToE); its simplicity and mathematically elegant formula could fit on a t-shirt.  An intriguing component of string theory is the existence of a multi-dimensional universe.

To me, experiencing art is a more monist perception of the type of artistic medium and its inherent physical attributes, along with the conscious attributes of feeling and interpretive understanding.  For example, my composition above as seen in an art gallery, the viewer could perceive the physical aspects of the framed work along with physical aspects of the photographic subject – the stone textures, shapes, lighting and depth.  Hopefully, they would also perceive possibilities of what the implied space means, and the associated feelings.  Does the shadow imply the existence of a person within the space at a particular point in time?

I like the view of Max Planck, the father of quantum theory.  He said, “There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.”

4 Bridges on 5th Street Scene & A Memorial Day Thought

This composition has been on my to-do list for quite a while.  I find it an interesting architectural abstract and street scene.  There is actually a 5th bridge which is hidden behind the two far bridges in the lower left.  Perhaps I should change the title to 5 Bridges on 5th Street Scene.

Innovation Quarter 4 Bridges on 5th Street Scene
Innovation Quarter 4 Bridges on 5th Street Scene

In United States, today’s holiday reminds us of our obligation to remember the countless men and women who died to protect their fellow man and maintain our precious democratic freedoms.  Democracy is not easy, it requires compromise!  The recent mood of absolutism, and rejection of government/public institutions dishonors those who have sacrificed so much to protect them.

Everyday should be Memorial Day!

Abstracts & Vignettes from Biltmore Estate IV – 6 pics

A year ago, my family visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  This is my fourth post from that visit.  Such a beautiful place!  The first image features the Grand Staircase.  The weight of the exterior staircase wall creates a cantilever force which supports the weight of the large granite steps.  I used a “glow” filter in Filter Forge to add a subtle glow effect to the highlights.

Grand Staircase Composition 1
Grand Staircase Composition 1
The next four images feature the Biltmore Conservatory.  Part of the Biltmore’s Walled Garden, the Conservatory was designed by the Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt.  It was built to provide flowers, plants and shrubs for the house and surrounding gardens.

Biltmore Conservatory Exterior Abstract 2
Biltmore Conservatory Exterior Abstract 2

Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 1
Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 1

Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 2
Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 2

Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 3
Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 3
I captured this young fella on the playground at the Biltmore Winery and Farm Village.  Is he focused on balancing himself, or is he intrigued by his shadow?

Balancing Act at Biltmore
Balancing Act at Biltmore
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Feeling: Finding Another Reality

When I first noticed this scene, I was intrigued.   There was something interesting, but I couldn’t quite clarify what I was reacting to.  So I composed a few shots based on what I thought I saw.  Maybe it was the flowing branches contrasting against rigid brick wall.

Sun, Tree and Brick Wall Reality
Sun, Tree and Brick Wall Reality

A few days later, towards the end of my typical b&w workflow, the composition began to reveal itself.  For me, I now understand the beauty experienced from this composition comes from the way it makes me feel.  Sure, there may be some cool textures, patterns, shadows and contrasting abstract elements.  But these individual elements all seem to combine to create a unique alternative experience, greater than the sum of the parts.  Click on the image to see a high-res version from my portfolio site and see if you have a similar reaction. View full screen on a desktop monitor to get the best experience.

Of course, I could just be full of crap.  Perhaps I’m too close to the work.

I’m gonna go with what I feel, and then what I see.  And I do feel a strong engagement with this composition.  Especially when I don’t try to analyze, but instead just “experience” what it has to offer.  How does it specifically make me feel?  Intrigued, but more than before. What’s more important, is “how does it make you feel?’

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal Abstract & ADD

 Captured last June, I’ve been working on and off on this composition for quite a while.  One of the common symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder is difficulty in finishing personal projects.  Well, that definitely describes me.  I’ll work on a composition in post for a bit, then move on to another task which is more interesting or urgent.  But associative thinking also drives the creative mind. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal Abstract
Mendenhall Transportation Terminal Abstract
This abstract composition was captured at our central bus terminal here in High Point.  At the center of the Spring and Fall International Furniture Market, it serves as a vital transportation hub for market visitors, vendors, logistics resources and local folks.  The dramatic clouds, late afternoon sun and architectural features at the terminal combined to make a great photo opportunity.

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