Author - Paul S
Uh, Honey? I don’t think the GPS is gonna be much good in another mile or so… .
Over the next few weeks I’ll be digging into my “Portals of Stone” collection, a series of composite images that blend “the infinite and eternal with the ancient and ruined.”
The series was inspired by a visit to southern Scotland and Northern England in the spring of 2013. When I wandered among the ruins, I felt “the pull of time and space.” When I wanted to convey that experience in the two dimensions of a photo, I struck on the idea of blending my photos with starscapes from the Hubble Telescope (which, conveniently are all public domain!).
“At sunrise, everything is luminous but not clear.”
from A River Runs Through It
–– with Pru Clearwater, from the bluffs overlooking the Cumberland River behind Jeff Thorneycrofts’s house, one frosty November morning…
For some reason, this is one of my favorite “keepers” from my photo-safari through the UK in the spring of 2017.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most dominant features on the London Skyline. After the original Gothic structure was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, it was rebuilt by the great Christopher Wren in a baroque style with a great dome instead of a spired central tower.
Maybe I like this shot because of the asymmetry the concentric circles from this vantage point beneath the dome. Or maybe I just like some of the colors that I pulled out with a variety of software (Luminar) and Lightroom presets.
Or maybe I just like it for its defiance: photography is strictly prohibited within the confines of the Cathedral. So, of course, I have no idea how this shot found its way into my camera… 😜 .
It actually snowed last night here in West Bumfuque, so it’s seems like a good idea to post a reminder that spring is indeed just around the corner.
For this occasion, I returned to the Sea of Daffodils with the lovely Kayte_Colwell (she was Kayte Charlier at the time…) and photo-co-conspirator Ken Gray to add a touch of human beauty to the pretty flowers.
The date on this photo is March 22, 2015. That year, the daffodils were still in full bloom during the first week of actual spring. Today is only March 12, and the daffodils – at least the ones in my front yard – have already bloomed and died. What’s going on with the weather this year?
I first discovered this location several years ago on the road home from Erin, TN (where I had spent the weekend at a Civil War re-enactment).
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
–– William Wordsworth
In 2009, Pru Clearwater created a musical show unlike anything #Nashville has seen before or since. Inspired by an encounter with a sea turtle while diving in the Virgin Islands, the “Pru Clearwater and The Infinite Field” combined music, chanting, dance and recitation in an experience I called “Rock & Roll #Kirtan.” .
The “Infinite Field” derives from a concept in physics: within every atom, in the space between the nucleus and the electron orbits, as well as the vacuum between the stars, there is a field of energy, “the quantum sea.” But in all of the Universe, there is just ONE such field, not only infinite but effectively uniting every thing – animate or inanimate – in its continuity. .
With “The Infinite Field,” Pru expressed her belief in “the one-ness of everything,” and in the moment captured here, demonstrates the ecstasy I’m lookin for when I go out to shoot “The Joy of Making Music™.”