Caught in the slipstream – a current of opinion swirling around me –
– it is a compelling voice – this collective flow of opinion – the group consensus –
Maybe it’s a tribal thing dating from cave times – this feeling that if I go against the group I won’t survive – I’ll be exiled – cut off and left for dead.
this flow of the group mind
does not correspond
with the way my own energy
prompt: Patrick’s Pic and Word challenge – current – https://pixtowords.com/2017/07/23/current-pic-and-a-word-challenge-97/
Scrolling through my endless photos of landscape looking for something unusual I came across this set of images I took a couple of years. The blue and red colours and geometric shapes are an unusual subject matter for me. The fact I’ve included kids in these makes them even more unusual. I’m a person who likes to be behind the camera not in front of it and I find most of the people in my life feel the same way so they rarely appear in my photos.
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is one of the strangest buildings I have ever been in. Before I entered I was sure I knew what to expect for I’d been hearing about the building in art history classes since I was in Year 8. I knew that it was built in 537 AD and that its central dome is a remarkable feat of architectural engineering. I knew too that that it had been first a Christian cathedral then an Islamic mosque and was now a museum.
Stepping inside the building I was immediately immersed in a dusty world heavy with twenty centuries of religious activity. Ochre coloured domes covered with faded frescos were punctuated by bright while holes of light pouring through scores of tiny arched windows. The electric lights twinkling on huge chandeliers suspended in the vastness were not bright enough to penetrate the shadowy, purple depths where frescoed angels flew across the walls. Suspended on sinuous twisting cables large discs inscribed with Arabic calligraphy protruded out in the open space of the large central dome. The circular shape was echoed in the designs that decorated the ceilings of the domes.
I felt like I had entered some kind of repository – a brain or a nerve centre that pulsated with the weight of middle eastern religious history.
Inside Hagia Sophia – digital collage
It was only when I wrote this post that I did some more reading about the building and discovered it was named after a saint named Sophia and that word Sophia means wisdom – how fitting that it reminded me of a brain.
Inside Hagia Sophia – digital collage 2
Sally of Lens and Pens has decided to stop hosting her mobile photography challenge. While I will be sad to see this challenge finish I can certainly understand why Sally has decided to quit. Hats off to her for keeping the challenge going for so long. Although it’s only a couple of weeks since I started up my haiku challenge site I’m already scratching my head as to the form my next challenge will take. I feel exhausted already but that’s probably due to other stuff that’s going on in my life. It’s been a very stressful and demanding week.
While I have only been a sporadic contributor to Sally’s challenges I’ve always enjoyed seeing the photos others submit and reading Sally’s informative essays. Here’s my contribution to the last challenge. Once again my phone played tricks when I attempted to take photos in the local Botanic Gardens. I’ve been reading about the Buddhist concept of emptiness and how it is expressed in Chinese Ink Brush painting. The translator of Chinese poetry, David Hinton wrote of ink brush painting – “it seems landscape is emerging out of emptiness, each form seething with the energy of transformation as it hovers on the verge of vanishing back into emptiness”. The photo I have chosen goes some way towards expressing this idea.
Perhaps my haiku prompt site will vanish back into the emptiness from which it came but hopefully I’ll get a second wind by tomorrow afternoon and post a new prompt. I also look forward to seeing how Sally emerges from the transformative energy around her right now. I imagine her new creative photos will be even stronger and even more inspiring.
The old factory’s working life is over. For years it has been sliding into dereliction. Now a new owner has bought it and plans to restore the building to its former glory. Art spaces, an antiques market and a car museum will now be housed within. These photos were taken around the back of the building. I guess it will take a while for the restoration to reach these nether regions but perhaps their days of decrepitude will be over before too long.
This week Sally of Lens and Pens explores the subject of minimalism in photography. She writes –
“Macro’s minimalism can produce a profound aesthetic and spiritual visual experience. Just as the Japanese are defined by their traditional use of stone and Zen-like mastery, the simple often bridges world’s that combine form and foundation, artistry and fundamental design… Simplicity is often poetry that is a promise for insight and meaning.”
Unfortunately the dodgy camera on my dodgy phone won’t take decent macro photos. It does sometimes accidentally take minimalist photos though. In this particular shot it experienced some technical glitch when I attempted to photograph a light area from a shadowy spot. I like the way this photographic accident has a Japanese ink brush look to it. The absence of detail adds a poetic dimension. I’ve attempted to replicate this quality in other photos but have rarely succeed.