I sometimes find that photography gets in the way of just’being there’. I’ve never wanted to take photographs of birds, for example. When I’m with birds I want to give them my full attention rather than fiddling with a camera. At other times, however, photography can feel contemplative, even divinatory. “The Greek expression phainomenon … comes from the verb phainesthai, meaning “to show itself”. Thus phainomenon means what shows itself, the self-showing, the manifest. Phainesthai itself is a “middle voice” construction of phaino, to bring into daylight, to place in brightness.” (1) Photography as phenomenology becomes a way of attending to beings, shown, or showing themselves, in light.
This is one of a number of bleached yew roots that I keep going back to. They have an almost animal muscularity (with tendrils still gripping chunks of limestone) that suggests something about the nature of their living kin. Here are some more images without further words. Clicking on them brings up a larger version.
Brian Taylor, 15/6/15.
(1) David Farell Krell, ed. Martin Heidegger, Basic Writings, Routledge, 1978/1993.