Monday, January 11, 2021

Spectral Churn: Our Nation's Soul in Turmoil


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In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.” - August Sander

It would be easy to underestimate the importance of what happened. The nonsensical is the daily normal so why should an attack on the US Capitol be any different? I think we need to be very wary of where this national rupture is going. There is too much division backed up by hate, intolerance, and arms, and the willingness to act. The constant barrage of lies from the president and his enablers have made the truth a precious commodity valued only by some. As Voltaire warned, those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. We need to be vigilant and guard against this getting worse. As I wrote in my post on January 9, 2021...

Who can believe what we’ve seen this past week? I felt incredibly sad and angry at the spectacular mayhem perpetrated at the Capitol on Wednesday. Precious lives lost, sacred trust broken, public and private property destroyed, and seditious activities instigated by our most high-ranking government officials. And all because of narcissism, unbridled greed, and lies without end. We, the people, witnessed a frenzied assault on the rule of law at the symbolic and very real heart of our republic, the seat of American representative democratic government. I am very glad the damage was contained, the invaders were removed and are being arrested, and that our government continues to function. I pray that the misdeeds of the mob don’t result in a loss of fundamental liberty for more ephemeral security but I often wonder if our citizenry is responsible enough to soberly maintain their freedom. My soul, like today’s photograph, is tossed in a ‘Spectral Churn.’ May we all grow much more civil, kind, and generous with each other. Let’s hope the era of constant political divisiveness ends soon. Peace and be well to all of you.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Great Expectations: Welcome to the New Year


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Photography is a love affair with life.” - Burk Uzzle

The post-holiday blues are a common enough phenomenon. But some wise people have taken to reflection, finding peace in the "day before the day before" the special day or in the days afterwards. It's important for us to remember the meaning of our holidays. As I wrote in my post on January 2, 2021...

The second day of the new year always feels strange to me, even a little sad. Yesterday was the joyful holiday that celebrated the promise of new things, the potential for the year to come. We enjoyed staying up until midnight as the calendar changed and spending the first day exulting in the possibilities. But the second of January... that usually means the holidays are over, that most people are taking down their decorations and lights and starting to carry on with the business of real life. I would, this year in particular, like to mark this inauspicious day with something a bit different, the ‘Great Expectations’ we should have for 2021. Each day for the rest of the year is there for us to use the very best we can. The promises are already made; now it’s up to us to get on with it. I’m so glad to be sharing this next year with you and I’m excited to see what happens. Health, happiness, and prosperity are my wishes to all of you!