Yūgen (n.) – Origin: Japanese – Definition: An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words.
I try to honestly and emphatically embrace the mysteries that surround me. I usually prefer taking photos of people. I love to look back on them and wonder what they were thinking. If they were happy or sad or just sitting there empty minded in a way that I rarely find myself in. However, sometimes I will catch an image of an object or place that will trigger in me an emotional response that is very difficult to put into words. When i look back on these photos, i can distinctly remember the silence, the heat, the cold, the dampness, and sometimes the awe of that moment.
I don’t know if these images created an awareness of the universe, but they definitely made me feel.
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt is awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
“There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.”
― Charlotte Eriksson
Whenever I get travel weary, all I have to do is look back on the past 12 years and that crazee wanderlust lights it torch and blinds me once again. I have been called a vagabond, a gypsy, homeless in theory, among others. However, the words used would lead one to believe that I do not actually have a home. Anyone who knows me, knows that no matter where I lay my hat, Spokane is my home. I just have a natural urge to travel. I love the food, the sights, the drink, the sounds.
As much as I love to wander and roam… to me there’s really no better place than home. Until I am ready to go again. It’s the only real addiction I have.
“The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.” ~J.K. Rowling
“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” ~ Ray Bradbury
“You’re not sorry to go, of course. With people like us our home is where we are not… No one person in the world is necessary to you or to me.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
“There’s a race of men that don’t fit in,
A race that can’t sit still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain’s crest; Their’s is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don’t know how to rest.” ~Robert Service
When I think of black and white photos .. I think of the olden days.. like… you know.. my mom and dad’s era and before.. A romantic period of time that was all black and white. The photos were glorious in that you just can not determine when they were taken. There is something so special about them that it makes me want to go back to that time and meet all of the folks in the photos. I think that black and white photos are more interpretive. When photos are in color you can often guess the era and sometimes even the location the photo was taken.
“I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” – Kim Hunter
I think that is why I love black and white photos. With black and white, you can get away from the distractions and focus on the content. It’s like an Alfred Hitchcock show. When you are not allowed to see all of the details, your mind has to make up what is not obvious. It’s more attractive and more mysterious in my opinion.
A final few of my favorites from the past. Just can’t get enough of the black and whites.
Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.
Leonardo da Vinci
“Actually, I do happen to resemble a hallucination. Kindly note my silhouette in the moonlight.” The cat climbed into the shaft of moonlight and wanted to keep talking but was asked to be quiet. “Very well, I shall be silent,” he replied, “I shall be a silent hallucination.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
This is my first time working with A WORD IN YOUR EAR‘s Weekly Photo Challenges. What I like about this particular one is it offers opportunities to enhance your knowledge about photography techniques as well as just some of the terms that relate to photography.
This week’s theme is ‘Zoom’. Obviously this word relates to bringing things that are far away closer.. I also like some of the other interpretations of zoom that were presented on this blog.
It’s a very interesting challenge and not as easy as one would think if you love to take close-ups of people. I have some favorite facial zooms that others were not entirely pleased with but I love them because they are very natural and beautiful. So my first small set will be of some of my favorite zooms of people and things.
Older group drinking across the plaza in town in Peru
Coffee in Curacao
Dance Lessons in Quito Ecuador
ceiling in Wine country chile
Zooming on hammocks in Barinas Venezuela
Girl in distance in Peru
zooming in on grandkids who are zooming in spokane
zoom in on steps
Quito, Ecuador driving and zooming
Epic zoom photo – LOVE IT
Bells in Thailand
zooming in on a cowboy
zooming on the driver
spring blossom in spokane in DECEMBER
Playing under the tables in the market in peru
Praying in a cave in cambodia
parade for carnival in Venezuela
morning coffee in montana camp
Soccer Game security in Quito
Zoom in on the face of a little boy begging in Cambodia
Los Llanos Animal safari pirhana fishing with Guamanchi
Venezuela Los Nevades to Barinas Hike – organic coffee farm
ME: Lincoln Sam on a dollar in Korea
New York Snow day in Central Park
zoom bird in a tree, Venezuela
zooming on spider in Korea
zooming in on a distance relation
sister in the rear
Rooftops in Valapariaso
Believe it or not this was the highest zoom I had. The place was immense. Cambodia
zoom on a cross in Caracas, Venezuela in taxi
little girl in curacao.
Barinas Guamanchi Rafting Trip
River boys on side of river Venezuela
zoom on my eye
Zoom on parade passing by in Korea.
Korean palace wall
zoom in on sticks on Korean hike
Bird in rafters on river trip
zoom dino biting nose.
birds eye zoom in Pt. Ordaz Venezuela
zoom on boy in Peru
Boat ride in Venezuela
Child playing on the beach in Venezuela
Frost on tree during Korean hike
zooming Masked guide dancing by .. so colorful..
zooming out of a plane
charlie brown zoom on toys, Korea
Cambodia jumping on tuk tuks in rural areas
Washington, DC – GIANT DOG
Yummy food in Panama
zoom in on leaves, Andes in Venezuela
Water homes in Catatumbo, Venezuela
subway hands zoom Washington, DC
These next photos are recently taken from the Visual Arts museum and Aquarium in Baltimore. I hope you enjoy.