I believe in serendipitous, mysterious, cosmic harmony, and love as like a human ideal and responsibility etc.
Once the flurry of college graduation barbecues and camping trips subsided, I loaded the beater Volvo station wagon with photography equipment and drove to the desert east of San Diego. I went in search of the darkest, starriest skies I had ever seen, but really, I was in search of my identity, outside of the academy, for the first time (and generally being a major @shainblumphotography
biter). Away from the manufactured light of the city, alone, I asked myself: What do I stand for? What is my ultimate vector, my True North? What principles will guide me, as I wield this mantle of privilege, this education in shaping ideology through media, that fell into my lap? Four years later, it still feels important to ask these sorts of questions at every turn.
I'm grateful that I had my camera with me when I witnessed far and away the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen, over the desert flood basin. The magnitude of this sunset's beauty rattled my spine, moved me to tears and euphoric shouting, shook me like no natural beauty I have ever witnessed before or since. There is no way I could sufficiently reproduce or describe the explosion of colors I saw crashing across the cloud-dappled sky above and the shrubby alien landscape below. These photos are just souvenirs, reminders, feeble tokens from that moment. Those few short minutes of sheer existential exuberance marked the closest I've ever felt to whatever glue holds our universe together. Wasn't even on drugs
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