In Pursuit Of Truth

Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness – give me truth. — Henry David Thoreau

What is truth? One definition is “in accordance with facts and reality.” Yet, capitalize that T, and it means an idea that transcends those very facts and realities.

It seems a rounder way of looking at truth includes both the markers of the path, and the higher ideas to which that path arrives us. Continue reading

Letting Go Of Assumptions

“Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.” — Marshall McLuhan

I’ve been thinking about what assumptions I’ve been holding onto that are no longer useful. Here’s one I uncovered recently: photography is a hobby.

When I first discovered photography in 2010, identifying as a hobbyist was useful: I bought a DSLR, watched some tutorials, went to the park on weekends to try my hand at pressing buttons and rotating dials in Manual Mode in front of flowers. It was fun, like playing Golden Tee for 30 minutes is fun at Stanley’s Tap and Kitchen in the back room. Continue reading

The Role Of The Photographer: Addition vs. Subtraction

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” — Stephen Sondheim

About the “bringing order” … Is the role of the photographer to add a frame, add a filter? To add meaning? Add anything? Or is it to distill, to deduct? To remove everything from the scene that distracts from that attempt of ordering natural, nonlinear chaos into an ordered, artistic truth, one that doesn’t seek to mimic the “reality” of the scene, but to reveal its simple beauty—to transcend it.

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The Great Ocean Of Nonknowledge

“Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer

The amount you know is infinitesimally small compared to the amount you don’t. Yep, even for people who scored outstandingly well on their ISTEP tests in 5th grade. Folks seem to forget this most of the time, especially when dogmatically explaining what’s right and wrong, true and false to each other. Continue reading

Puddle Reflection With Snow In Lincoln Park, Chicago

“But for Ender, Graff’s gravity game was fun, and he carried it further, imagining that Graff was actually hanging upside down from the center aisle, and then picturing him sticking straight out from a side wall. Gravity could go any which way. However I want it to go. I can make Graff stand on his head and he doesn’t even know it.” — From Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

What assumptions are you holding onto that no longer serve you? #deathbeforelife

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