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Sea In Motion

2015-08-26 20.06.20

This was taken at Dovercourt, Essex 25th August 2015.  The sound was immense.

The visuals reminded me of a Gerhard Richter seascape.  Beyond that it is Wittgenstein all the way.

‘Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.’

Turning into myself

It’s not easy, is it? To not just slip into becoming a collection of connections to, or reactions against, our genetic inheritance, upbringing and experience of life…

How to become oneself. Surely one just is.

Well, yes, one is just that at the very essence of our being, but real life, the life we conduct in the outside world demands a little more of us than that. And when the world has finished with us, as it will, we will be left to fall back on the self that it demanded we kept hidden to fit in to its social structures and society’s mores.

I’m still figuring that one out.

Skull with Candle by Gerhard Richter

Light & Shade

This is the kind of thing I’d like to paint one day. This was a photo I took of a metal ship’s container (painted camouflage-style) that was being used to store things in the woods near the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch, Essex. I find it really hard to pass weathered painted metal without wanting to take a picture; I like the peeling layers of paint mixed with rust.

There are some really accomplished photographers who sometimes drop by here and ‘like’ a post. This makes me feel happy and also that I should make more effort! I don’t really know what to do on the technical side with a camera, I just make it up as I go along, and often all I have is a rubbish mobile phone on me to work with. However, I have noticed that some photographers edit their shots to various, and presumably better effect. Many computers ago I had Photoshop, now I have nothing so fancy, but looking at other people’s work has made me occasionally try to use my own limited resources sometimes to tweak a shot. Here, I had a bit of fun drawing out the russet and golden hues, stopping a bit short of a gleaming gold leaf, which still contrasts with an almost, but perhaps not quite, Yves Klein blue.

I am drawn to Gerhard Richter’s abstract work, I found a corrugated iron fence last year that I loved and took a snap of here. I think my ships’s container shot above was a sort of homage to this kind of piece by him. Like yesterday’s all these links are subconscious until I get home and start looking at the images and seeing what words arise. Like Isaac Asimov wrote, I am ‘thinking with my fingers’. It’s a good way to spend another grey, cold and cloudy summer’s evening.

Gerhard Richter – Abstract Painting 780-1 1992

Dot Dot Dot

No dash.

Gerhard Richter, Seascape: Oil on canvas, 1969

Big Sky

Painted the year I was born. Better than Turner for my money.

Note to self to get to the Tate before the 8th January (Elvis, my sister and daughter’s godfather’s birthday – not listed in order of importance)

Eifellandschaft (Strasse) Oils 1969, Gerhard Richter

Corrugated iron fence

It reminded me of a Gerhard Richter abstract painting, but this isn’t one of his: I checked.