Friday, November 25, 2005

Whiter than white

Whiter than White, Anantara Pool, Chiang Saen, Thailand, November, 2005, Pentax Optio 555, Exposure 1/640 sec @ f6.5, ISO 64, © Steven Crisp

"Whiter than white" refers to the relative nature of our judgment of all things. For example, the rocks in the background would be called "white" by anyone asked, 'what color were the rocks that surrounded the Anantara pool?' And yet, they clearly are not white, or at least not "as white" as the rocks in the foreground. Further, when I was picking out the "good" rocks for the photo, I was struck as to just how meaningless the term "good" is. Good according to what or who's criterion? If I were looking for smooth rocks, or oval rocks, or flat rocks, at least some of these would be judged as "bad".

So be very suspicious when ever you find yourself considering something "good" and something else "bad". Comparisons are simply part of our dualistic nature. Instead, just observe what "is".

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