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September 23, 2010

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Penegra

Wow!! Different and amazing patterns on the earth with real diversity.. how could the land patterns be such a beautiful..

Markus Spring

Jim, these images certainly evoke feelings of utmost beauty, and I can submerge myself for a long time in admirings the patterns as well as the details.

What I do see completely different however is your statement that "from mundane tasks subtle grace arises". The word grace for me clearly has a twofold meaning - beauty and mercy. I just recently visited some work of J. Henry Fair and was fascinated by the beauty of his aerial images, but even more by the contradiction between visual beauty and utmost horrible ground situation.

So yes, beauty there is, and it is a grace we are allowed to receive. Yet man's work only sometimes leads to this grace.

Jim Richardson

Markus,

Thanks for the comments. It's an odd paradox of our human nature that we can often know something is ugly, but when we see it we cannot help but see beauty. Some of J. Henry Fair's images of the Gulf oil spill are like that, aren't they? So the beauty comes from the physics of the way light, water and oil interact to create patterns, but our minds know something else, something horrible about the situation, and we are left feeling a bit guilty by finding pretty patterns in the destruction.

But on to your second point: the connection of grace and mercy. I'm obviously using grace to mean graceful. There is in the structure of the grace/mercy connection the precept that man is somehow different than the rest of nature and that there is someone from whom the grace flows (and which we are there to "recieve.")

Truth is I don't think man is an different from the rest of nature. To me that's one of the glories of the world we live in. And I think you and I will not agree on that one.

But I'm glad you enjoy the images, and that is one of the beauties of photographs. I can't enforce my vision on anyone else, and you are free to take away whatever you think and believe.

Jim

Markus Spring

Jim,
re-reading my comment it looks like I came out overly relitious, which was not my intent - religion a regard as a privat affair, and I don't want to come over as a missionary.

But just a remark on "I don't think man is an different from the rest of nature". I guess here we deviate: Man's ability to create, to organize, to plan and to be aware is unparalleled in the world. It's probably our dilemma that we are unable to make best and not only egoistic use of our potential.

Daniel Ochoa

Jim- I'm really enjoying your pattern study here. Very well composed and captured. I espeacially enjoy your "Farming in Washington" image. Some nice subtle lines of crops combined with the bold shadows on contours and the plume of dusts makes for such a strong image for me. Makes me jealous actually:)We humans do love to organize and pattern our world.

I also wanted to tell you that I had enrolled in the Travel Photography workshop in Santa Barbara and I was truly dissapointed to learn that it was being cancelled. I live in Santa Barbara so I jumped at the opprotunity. I was really looking forward to having a nearly one on one experience with such good image makers like your self. The learning oprotunities the program was to feature were amazing and exactly what I've been looking for: critiquing sessions, photo trips, one on one work, the business side, making contacts,and just learning how to stand out with unique images that are sought after.

Can you think of any other opprotunities like this in the coming months (for the budget concsious photographer of course)? Thank you and I'm sorry I won't be able to meet you this month in Santa Barbara, I was really looking forward to having someone with your eye critique some of my photos.

Tgibbins

Jim,
These images are breathtaking.
I am amazed at how you take everyday happenings and make them come to life. You truly are the most talented photographer.

Beautiful.

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Loved the photos, especially the one of the flint hills in Kansas

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Jim, what a great collection. Rarely do we get to see these things from this perspective. Well seen and shot. Love the sheep.

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Mike Deeden

To one day be able to create as you have. What a great artistic eye to give a birds eye view of what our world looks like. Great perspective for all. Thank you.

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Markus,

Thanks for the comments. Its an odd paradox of our human nature that we can often know something is ugly, but when we see it we cannot help but see beauty. Some of J. Henry Fairs images of the Gulf oil spill are like that, arent they? So the beauty comes from the physics of the way light, water and oil interact to create patterns, but our minds know something else, something horrible about the situation, and we are left feeling a bit guilty by finding pretty patterns in the destruction.

But on to your second point: the connection of grace and mercy. Im obviously using grace to mean graceful. There is in the structure of the grace/mercy connection the precept that man is somehow different than the rest of nature and that there is someone from whom the grace flows (and which we are there to recieve.)

Truth is I dont think man is an different from the rest of nature. To me thats one of the glories of the world we live in. And I think you and I will not agree on that one.

But Im glad you enjoy the images, and that is one of the beauties of photographs. I cant enforce my vision on anyone else, and you are free to take away whatever you think and believe.

Jim
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