The Taoist’s say that, “Everything is Tao, and Tao is unity of all things”. The Tao is not mystical however, but rather something intrinsic, immediate and common, like a pencil is.
At first glance, a classic photograph of Sunflowers in dramatic morning light. The backlit flower-heads are vividly expressed in a rich warm glow. Yet, there are levels of character hidden in the secondary details that are not apparent immediately.
Photo-compositing is a whole other world for digital Photographers. It extends the creative vision beyond the conventional, and opens up possibilities that can be unforeseen and dramatic.
But as powerful as digital manipulation can be, restraint and balance is the key. It is far too easy to overindulge in the numerous image controls, and well … produce a meaningless jumble. Which begs the question—is this art?
The birds are carefree and indifferent to the worldly clutter below, apart from the hustle and clamour of a ground-based life. A life compartmentalized, governed and controlled. Roadways and waterways interconnecting purposed spaces, segmented by boundary and border, given over to process and progress.
This surrealist landscape touches upon a key idea, ‘the nature of truth’ and how it hinges on perception. And so already you see there is a big idea awaiting us, but the art gives us the tools to go on, but not without some effort, if one is inclined.