Take a Closer Look
Photos by Joe Martinez
| As living beings
on this planet, blessed with big brains and vehicles with which to
move them around, we live in a world of stupefying complexity, and
often we see only the whole, the parts getting lost in the shuffle.
Looking at the world through the lens of a camera can bring the mundane
things that we step on every day into clearer focus, allowing us to
see the forest for the trees.
I've been experimenting with macro photography, and in so doing I've
been transforming myself into a tiny being on the level of a bee or
other insect. What was miniscule becomes a vast landscape, surpassing
the works of man in beauty, entering into the realm of the sublime
and unknowable thing that is nature. I find it a wonderfully humbling
experience to be able to freeze this complexity and examine it, knowing
that layer upon layer lie beneath the threshold of my limited sensory
apparatus, and on top of it in limitless unfathomable profusion. From
the tiniest bit of moss to inconceivably vast galaxies, the same ordered
chaos is seen throughout, challenging our little minds to grasp it.
So far I've failed, but I'll keep looking high and low my whole life.
To fail to seek is to deny the blessings of our species.
I know no God but nature, and in this way I can seek understanding
of the whole by looking at its little parts. Enjoy this view, because
it's stuff that we see but don't register in our conscious minds.
Perhaps in this small way I can look into the mind or non-mind behind
the universe, or, short of that lofty goal, give y'all some great
wallpaper for your computers.
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