For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.
Water Lilies/Lotus flower by Yahweh
capture by Kirk Jordan
All pics 10/18/2008 Little Rock, AR
One of the bad things about Photoshop is that no one believes the unbelievable anymore. While I did slightly boost the contrast in some of these images, the colors seen by eye really were extraordinary. (The lilies, largely in blue shadow light, were being counter lit by refection bouncing off a very warm building. Two light "temperatures" in collision make for extra vibrancy.
An excerpt from the journal of the Kirk (89?)
And this is odd. This multi-hued world, seems more that the "All" world to me. I am, right now, sitting on the back porch underneath our towering oak, eating macaroni shell noodles with butter and A-1 Sauce. The sauce is drinking in light, but also the shells. They look almost white. But hold them against real white and we see them like yellow teeth in a clown's mouth. So now - I hold them toward my face -- if nothing was held back -- if the shells did not drink in and mute the light -- they would be like mirrors on my fork. My macaroni would blind me. And then … I couldn’t see my hands. The world would be brighter than leprosy. Brighter than snow under sun. No room for shadow. Nor room for form…and the stuff about me would disappear into a blinding angel hue...white.
For the complete essay see: Life in the Minus World
Given the nature and goal of the Mighty Works Project (that people might both see and delight in the Mighty Works of God) I generally avoid direct political discourse. As is, I am a political creature and hold political views that lend themselves to a certain political posture. Even so, I have been experiencing some political dissonance this season as I see how our political parties behave. Steve Johnson, friend of mine (and the best man at my wedding) has written an essay that mirrors some of my own thoughts about the political process. Its a tad long, but worth the time of any thoughtful person.
If you have any difficulties with his thoughts, leave them on his blog, not mine :)
Thinking Out Loud
Thinking Out Loud