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your world beginning | interstellar: the gravity of love

interstellar the gravity of love

One of the more compelling elements of the film Interstellar is the idea of love transcending both time and space; the ghost that haunts our perception, memories and longings is the love that is ever-present. I felt a very strong connection to this moment in the film as the multidimensional visual construct envelopes the theme of love; emerging from the shadows making it wondrous and transparent. In my own interpretation of this moment I try to bring together the expanse of space, the linear elements of multiple dimensions, and the shadows of perception. One layer in the image contains elements from the piece “In a Place of Subtle Things”(see the post prior to this series). This layer, with its figurative self portraits being immersed in the shadows, represent a somewhat ambiguous connection. And unlike our connection to our one true love or the many loves of an eternal lifetime, they at times seem to remain just beyond our reach. But as the film proposes, love can exist for the duration of timelessness, simultaneously in the past, present, and future.

Like a beautiful diamond that will last forever.

Your World Beginning | Interstellar: The Gravity of Love

your world beginning | interstellar: the gravity of time

interstellar: the gravity of time

My second post in the “Interstellar” series visually explores the film’s relationship to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity as it pertains to the Universe, Gravity, and the Curvature of Space and Time.

your world beginning | interstellar: the gravity of space

interstellar: the gravity of space

Rich in its odyssey of adventure, Science Fiction, Einstein’s theories on the relativity of time, and curvature of space; and its most powerful theme … the gravity of love, the film Interstellar by Director Christopher Nolan is a compelling examination of our inner and outer universe. Simply put, the film transcends dimensions; stretching from the inner devotion and the deep sustainability of love, to the migratory need for discovery, and perseverance. Although one can find some elements of fault in the scientific approach of the film, it is indeed an enthralling and beautiful crafted film.

“Interstellar: The Gravity of Space” is part one of three parts exploring the thematic elements of the film.

your world beginning | to the distant fir tree

to the distant fir tree

toward a place of subtle things
through fallen leaves
and barren trees
with maps and moments
along the mountain ridge …

your world beginning | we could live forever chasing this feeling

we could live forever chasing this feeling

as things evolve in fragments,
blown by the winter wind
in the gray and distant place
deep within this conversation
– with self
and anyone who will listen … being so far away

we could live forever, chasing this feeling

your world beginning | maps, mountains, and trails – day 7

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Day 7 finds “Your World Beginning”, on the trail to the summit of Waterrock Knob. In search of a transitional ambience of Fall colors, fog, and rain. This is an incredible location here at the summit. There is always a constant or intermittent wind blowing. The clouds shift quickly above, or as today, the fog can be seen everywhere.

Waterrock Knob is a mountain peak in the state of North Carolina. It is the highest peak in the Plott Balsams and is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern United States. It is the 15th highest of the 40 mountains in North Carolina over 6000 feet.

The mountain is split by both Haywood and Jackson counties in the western part of the state. It is located in the Plott Balsams mountain chain between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Great Balsam Mountains. The mountain’s summit is located within the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Service unit.

The mountain is a popular destination with tourists and amateur hikers as it is easily accessible from the Parkway. A visitors center is located near its summit and a hiking trail leads to its top. The hiking trail and visitors center are manned and maintained by the National Park Service, part of the United States Department of the Interior.

your world beginning | a history before now

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Day 6 in the “Your World Beginning” series is entitled “A History Before Now.” This film has a more ambient feel to it than the previous “A Life of Contradictions and Disappearing Things. It is sparse in its visual content, while imploring some elements of poetic prose inspired by a fellow poet. It continues the theme of the exploration of daily life, with hints of ambiguity and historical musings as abstraction. Initially, when I created this series, I wanted it to be a distinct leap from my previous series entitled “Your World Disappearing,” giving birth to a new beginning. However, the emotional content that fueled the “Disappearing” series has slowly found its way into this series as well: ‘Everything changes except a persistent memory.’ To some degree, although everything is in constant flux–giving way to things disappearing and beginning simultaneously, there is an ambiguity and mundane existence to it all.

your world beginning | a life of contradictions and disappearing things – day 5

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Day – 5 in the “Your World Disappearing” series brings us into a life of contradictions and disappearing things. Filmed in part in Asheville, NC, the film examines isolation, entropy, conflicting realities, and reflection. Multiple layers of contrasting elements explore our ambiguities as to what is real and what is an illusion: Life in all its complexity has multiple paths, roads, objectives and choices.

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