Captured!

The blog of Michael McAleer Fine Art Photography

Archive for the category “Seeing It”

Raising Ebenezer II Tumbled Down

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;

hither by thy help I’m come;

and I hope, by thy good pleasure,

safely to arrive at home.

The Galveston Beach Cairns tell stories about people.  They are stories where we have to fill in the blanks sometimes, but the stories told in stacked stones are wonderful.  People went down to a rocky part of the beach and took time to stack rocks in just a certain way as a work of popular art.  While we usually make things from rock so that they last, sometimes things just tumble in.

Isn’t that the way life is though?  We think we build or are building something and suddenly it just crashes down.  At times I think these cairns fell over because of the elements, the wind and surf.  Sometimes I think just the very weight of the rocks balanced one on the other caused things to just fall.  Sometimes I am sure, people built beautiful creations only to see them fall like sand castles before their eyes.

If life gives us rocks, why not build a cairn?  Why not build something that says to everyone I am here and this is me, at least the me of this moment.  But like the wind, surf and gravity, our lives sometimes are just tumbled down or get tumbled down.  What we think is solid falls apart.  What we feel is a beautiful creation seems to just slide apart.  We just cannot make it work.  I don’t want to read to much into things, but at the same time, I don’t want to say too little.

I have learned some things out of life though.  What gets tumbled down can be rebuilt.  The things we want to be solid that fade, can be picked up, rebuilt, made new.  It is hard work doing that.  Some things that were in the first thing, won’t be in the last.  Some rocks just get set aside, but what happens finally is a new creation.

Cairns are ways of remembering and have been for years.  Cultures all over the world stack up rocks and stones and say: come here, see this, remember this person or that event.  I love Teotihuacan in Mexico, just outside of Mexico City.  It was a city at one time of over 100,000 people when the largest city in Europe perhaps had 10,000.  That is where you find the famous Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.  What did the last indigenous person think as he was walking away from that abandoned city?  Did he wonder if it would ever get rebuilt?  Did he wonder if the gods had truly abandoned him and his people?  Did he wonder if those stacks of stones would ever live again?

Like what happens in life, some of the Galveston cairns have fallen over.  I wonder if the beauty is in what was, in what is right now or what those same stones could be in the hands of someone else.  I found one place where stones were laid out, not stacked, just more like someone was doing a puzzle and had laid out all the pieces.  Did the person want to say: “Hey sometimes the beauty is in the getting ready?”  Did they want to say “Hey this is my life it just isn’t made yet?”  Or did they want to say “Hey, make of this what you will.”

Tumbled down things and lives are not just junk.  They can be the pieces of the puzzle in the next work of art.  You just have to be willing to build it up again.  Arriving safely at home sometimes does mean we need a bit of help to get there.

BEAUTY IS NOT IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER

I know what you will say: of course it is.  Everyone has different ideas about beauty or are they merely  opinions about attractiveness?  There is a difference between those two that we have lost sometimes.  There are some things that are just in and of themselves beautiful.  I mean you look at them and you say, yes, that strikes a chord in me.  It takes me out of myself and into a space that is well, beautiful.  I think that longing to find that space is fairly universal.

I try to do just that with my photography.  I try to capture that beautiful moment.  Photography stops time and space.  It is a pause in vision.  We are very attuned to everything whizzing past us today.  We speed through shows and commercials even on the DVR.  Photography says wait a minute.  It says not only look at me, see me, it says the world needs to stop for one moment.

There is such a thing as beauty and I do believe that it is out there and knowable.  It is one of the quests mankind has been on since someone found out you could scribble on cave walls.  I think it was probably even before that.  My fine art photography has as its aim to create a common beautiful space between me and the ones who view my art.

Have a look at my webpage: www.mcaleerphotoart.com

Here are some of mine that I think strike that beautiful moment:

Bougamvillea and colored pot

Fall Fence

Las Rosas del mercado

Believing is seeing-photographic art and the art of seeing

This is a blog about my photography, the images I produce and what art and art photography can mean for you, your home and life.

I have always seen things.  I mean not like seeing ghosts or UFO’s or monsters under my bed.  I see things in the world around me and I love taking photographic images of them.  Beauty I think is everywhere.  You just have to see it.  We tend to pass it by and not even notice it.

That is why the name of my blog is Captured!  I want to capture in time and space that beauty: a form, some symmetry, some color and bring it to others.  The other day I was thinking about that.  I thought about some of my photos.  I wondered: “How many people walked by that day and didn’t stop to see what was there?”   But the nice thing is that you can notice it now.  You weren’t there present; you didn’t see it, but now, open your eyes and take a peek.

Here are four of my photos that share that spirit of being Captured!  La Muñequita is one of my personal favorites.  The elderly lady, the dolls, their dresses; Can you see?

Check out my website: www.mcaleerphotoart.com

Post Navigation