Sunday, October 11, 2009

Grid #2, Compartmentalized Cloud

Grid #2, Compartmentalized Cloud alludes to the Alan Watts' lecture that warns about Western (and other) philosophies that section, name and categorize things without recognizing that the practice tends to limit and make rigid what is understood about the object under study.  In other words, the tools we use to understand nature can lead us to miss the big picture.  Other writers not concerned with Zen, like James Burke, have noted that our understanding of the Universe advances in sudden bursts by those thinking outside the box (his Day the Universe Changed, and not from workers building on some sort of inevitable formula.  So, in this picture, the grid is a dark prison that divides the cloud into meaningless compartments.

Technical: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4G, ISO 800, f/8.0 @ 1/6000s.  RAW file processed in Lightroom 2.4 to crop slightly and apply Mike Lao's 300 v2 preset as a starting point to set the mood.

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