Flashes of Perception is a four and a half minute augenblick of the colors, motion, sounds, shadows and patterns of three Nunavut sites: Pangnirtung, Cumberland Sound and Saniru. It was shot from July 9 to July 18, 2013 while I was part of the yearly Pangnirtung Summer School hosted by Professor Peter Kulchyski and the University of Manitoba. umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/native_studies/undergrad/panniqtuuq.html
Flashes of Perception brings together Martin Heidegger’s concept of augenblick—moment of authentic presence, temporal moment, in which we respond to the way in which being addresses us, bringing nearness in farness and farness in nearness all in the glance of an eye—with the practice of contemplative photography: see it, shoot it. In doing contemplative photography the flash of perception is that moment of seeing that is one-pointed, stable and free from distraction. The moment of the flash, the augenblick, is free from discursive thought; it is the earth and world in a glance of the eye.
The works guiding Flashes of Perception are
Martin Heidegger’s Country Path Conversations amazon.com/Country-Conversations-Studies-Continental-Thought/dp/0253354692
Andy Karr and Michael Wood’s The Practice of Contemplative Photography
Miksang photography teachings of John McQuade
Flashes of Perception is part of Bell’s larger project of Shooting Theory.
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