There is a secret, vivid world that in truth is all around us and right here all the time. I know it to be within arm's, heart's and mind's reach. When I was a kid I became fascinated with the camera. Being very shy and with low self esteem, I saw it as something of a magic device that connected the inner and the outer worlds (which I later come to know as one) and thus imbued with great power.
With the camera, I was and am able to access, harness and convey the extraordinary within the ordinary, profound wonder in the everyday. It's been said that "the camera doesn't lie." If true, then this image is evidence of the magic present in an ordinary nighttime drive uptown.
With help from the camera eye, which is an extension of and accessory to the soul eye, seemingly static structures and fixtures are released from the moorings of solidity and traditional perception, becoming liquid streams of vibrant light. Limitation, in large measure, requires our complicity and participation, as, conversely, does transcendence of limitation.
I often tell students when I speak with them: "You can be either your own worst enemy or your own best friend." The sages tell us that, "How one sees the world is what it becomes." Thich Nhat Hanh says, "In order for things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them." Rilke observes that, "all this universe, to the furthest stars and beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit." William Blake augurs: "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." And Emily Dickinson posits that, "I dwell in possibility..." giving us, with her words, a key to the infinite. Passing a galactic marker, I decelerate from the viscous prism and turn into the driveway to my building, home for the night.