Photography By Barrie Dale A.G.S.A

Observed Enlightenment

Observed Enlightenment

I am characterising this image as illumined natural abstract art.  It is a high-magnification image of Phalaenopsis. I captured it looking into afternoon sunlight.  The direction of the ambient light is critical in this case.

Apparent acts of ‘enlightenment’ always catch my attention.  Here light filtering through the flower gives the appearance of a beam of light illuminating a small bright patch.  The enlightenment looks as if it is being observed. The bright patch appears to consist of a collection of small reflectors.   The reflectors are individual pigment cells.  I often pick these up in my images.  The ‘beam of light’ is illusory, of course.  It is a good example of the unexpected effects that can appear at high magnification.  Please see –

The concept of ‘the enlightenment’ is very important to me.  It was the point in history at which humans resolved to examine the world without prejudice. This happened in both the arts and the sciences.  It gave us Bach, Vivaldi, Galileo, Newton, Rubens, Caravaggio, Velasquez, among many others to follow.  The question is now, however, whether we are still ‘enlightened’.  Or did the ‘enlightenment’ show that we are clever, without being wise?  Are we going to be clever enough to compensate for the fact that we are not wise?

You can find further example of illumined natural abstract art in the galleries at the bottom of my ‘home’ page:

I can provide the current image as a signed, single-issue, high-quality print, mounted and framed to the highest standards –