by Dave Brown
From Chaos Seven Lessons to Live By
Painters, poets, and musicians have long known that creativity blossoms when they are participating in chaos. Novelists strive for that magical moment when they lose control and their characters take on lives of their own. Old-fashioned logic and linear reasoning clearly have their place, but the creativity inherent in chaos suggests that actually living life requires something more. It requires an aesthetic sense—a feeling for what fits, what is in harmony, what will grow and what will die. Making a pact with chaos gives us the possibility of living not as controllers of nature but as creative participators.
Briggs, John; Peat, F David (2009-05-22). Seven Life Lessons of Chaos (p. 8). Harper Perennial.
To sacrifice control and live creatively requires attention to the subtle nuances and irregular orders going on around us.
Beyond the Fence, where I live, is a place where I don't control, I don't judge. I allow myself to watch over chaos as it assembles order of it's own volition. I record what I see. I endeavor to influence what I see as little as possible. Visually we only receive 30 percent of what we look at, our mind makes up the rest. So what shows up on my film or sensor is already an amalgam of what my eyes see and what my brain feels about what my eyes have seen.
The Fence and Beyond
Here looking over the fence, I was impacted by this ordering of chaos. The mid day sun, the high winds, and clouds captured with very slow film, Efke IR 820 Aura (120 -6x 4.5 format), a Hoya R72 filter, and a TTL ISO setting of 6 provide what we now see in this print. I was opened to F/22 to keep as much depth of field as possible in the finished print. I removed dust. I used unsharp mask with Epson Scan, set to 1200 dpi. I only performed minor white balance curve adjustments and some minor dodge and burn. The printed image is 20x 30 on Fuji Pearl which seems to be made for BW and particularly BW IR.