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Primordiality   2 comments

A primordial landscape photo of cypress trees and knees on the Neuse River near New Bern, North Carolina

Not long ago, in early December, we were walking Amy, Kelli, and Macy down by the Neuse River near New Bern, NC. It was one of those gray, overcast winter days that reminds me of a different time, perhaps the beginning of time. Looking at a scene like this, I doubt much has changed over the years.

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You can see a larger view of this scene by clicking on the image.

I was definitely going for a more surrealistic look on this, while still retaining all the great details in the scene. Nine exposures +/-1EV merged in Photomatix Pro4, with lots of love from Nik Software Color Efex Pro and DeFine 2.

~ Ma ~ (Empty Space)   5 comments

In North Carolina, cypress logs rise out of the Neuse River, rendered as an all-white background, highlighting Ma, or empty space


For best effect, I recommend viewing this image Large on a White Background

Ma is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as “gap”, “space”, “pause” or as “the space between two structural parts.” In Japanese, ma suggests interval. It is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of vision.

Ma is the thing that takes place in the imagination of the human who experiences these elements. Therefore ma can be defined as experiential place understood with emphasis on interval.

There is no equivalent single word term for Ma in the English language. Sad, but true.

In composing this, I recalled the extraordinary and controversial work of John Cage with his composition 4’33” wherein the three movements are performed without a single note being played, allowing it to be perceived as the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed

Thirty spokes meet in the hub,
but the empty space between them
is the essence of the wheel.

Pots are formed from clay,
but the empty space between it
is the essence of the pot.

Walls with windows and doors form the house,
but the empty space within it
is the essence of the house.

— Lao Tse “The Uses of Not”

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