Seven

 
June 20, 2014   50/1.2
 
 

I'm contemplating seven, this month's photo club theme. I've examined the number and the word. I've arranged seven things in a row. Seven wonders of the world (or is it nine?). Seven, it was said on a recent Radiolab, is the most common favorite number. Why does one have a favorite number? Seven is a prime. Seven protons and a few neutrons makes nitrogen, an element that is none-too-interesting to look at under standard conditions. 6+1. 5+2. 4+3. 8-1. 

I started by spelling the word on a Scrabble board and shooting it with a 50 at f/2. Next, I built a stack of 77 mm filters on a sheet of white photo paper and placed them so the clear grey sky is reflected on the top filter. I shot the stack with a 105 mm micro, f/25, 0.6 sec. 

Blaise Pascal, whose birthday was yesterday in 1623, said "in faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." The same world provides support for both, so how is it that we choose, or do we choose? I can't remember a decision, but I can remember a point in time for recognition. 

Song of the day is Excellent Birds by Laurie Anderson.   

 
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