016 – Playful by Nature

Existence, the physical universe, is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. It doesn’t have a destination that it ought to arrive at. But it is best understood by analogy with music, because music, as an art form, is essentially playful.

– Alan Watts

A friend of mine introduced me to Alan Watts 5 or 6 years ago now and this has always been one of my favorites of his many quotable lectures and essays.

His perspectives and understanding of reality and ability to explain it in an entertaining way, I’ve always found fascinating.

While Watts draws the comparison with music here, it’s essentially the same with the art of photography and part of what I find so enjoyable about creating images.  The playful nature of the way ordinary objects and scenes can be captured by a lens and sensor and some light is delightful and energizing to me.

Today was a pretty common day for me, with it’s daily grind of work and family business mixed with some light kindness and mindfulness.  I also found some time to play with my camera and lights to create these beautiful bokeh patterns behind some of my blown glass from Maui.

I sure had fun making them.



Thanks to the Petapixel blog for the helpful ideas.


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