The guest, Dr Robin Wall Kimmerer, is a bryologist (expert in moss) and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. This balance of scientific knowledge and indigenous knowledge provided an interesting backdrop for the entire conversation.
“Science asks us to learn about organisms. Traditional knowledge asks us to learn from them.” – Kimmerer to Tippett
As I often do, I heard this episode while hiking. And, as I often do, I was hiking with my camera.
The conversation between Tippett and Kimmerer immediately changed my typical shooting subjects and perspective. Rather than going wide and grand, I shot everything with my 45mm f1.8 (90mm equivalent) for fun and challenge and did so low to the ground.
Here: a few choice quotes from and shot-while-listening images inspired by Kimmerer and Tippett. And a new respect for modest mosses.
“One of my biggest wishes is that we could figure out a way to live with the natural world instead of on top of it.”
– Songwriter Isaac Brock in the audio commentary on the Modest Mouse song Coyotes from their album Strangers to Ourselves.
I share his wish to realign people and nature.
Here: a personal go at his artful articulation of the issue.
I’ve not yet enjoyed a truly epiphanal moment with regard to beauty, gift, or purpose, but I’ve seen varied and fleeting glimpses in sustainability. At that intersection of people, nature, and business.
No? Then you need to see this absolutely beautiful production from 2006 (posted to YouTube by DowChemicalCompany):
When I encountered this gorgeous production and its sweeping message, I was instantly fascinated with the idea of a global chemical company issuing this message.
Some of the intended takeaways:
Chemistry is natural
Nature is beautiful
Nature is clean and safe
Chemistry is clean and safe
Humans are nature
We’re all connected
Dow is human
Dow cares about people
In summary: trust Dow Chemical because they care about you and what they’re doing is healthy, safe, and consistent with nature.
Clearly, Dow, whose vision is “To be the most profitable and respected science-driven chemical company in the world,” obviously hopes viewers get swept up in the glossiness – and they do. The comments below the video are incredibly and overwhelmingly positive.
More voices, more publication, more sharing – this is a great time to be alive!
This corporate vs community contrast must always be kept in mind. Corporate happy talk doesn’t fly like it used to. I tend to believe my friends and neighbors more than I believe a global operation whose incentives tend to be short term and whose moral obligations are to shareholders above stakeholders.
A quick follow up to the last post about a vibrant painting by a local artist hanging at the Pioneers Museum in downtown Colorado Springs.
I brought the post to the attention of the artist, Tracy Felix. We had a short email exchange in which he shared a few additional images and gave me insight into his creative and production processes.
In some cases he works from his own photographs, as well as postcards and photos from others. In other cases he works strictly from imagination, informed by decades of hiking, skiing and exploring our area.
Here is an example of the former, a new painting from a recent trip to Durango:
The Grenadier Range from Molas Lake by Tracy Felix
Here’s an example of the latter, an imagined scene generated from the general idea or concept of “northern New Mexico”:
img class=”size-large wp-image-605″ title=”Along the Rio Grande” src=”http://ethanbeute.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Along-the-Rio-Grande_-Tracy-Felix-748×1024.jpg” alt=”Rio Grande, Colorado, New Mexico, fine art, painting, Tracy Felix, Denver, art, artist” width=”534″ height=”725″ />
Along the Rio Grande by Tracy Felix
The point of this post: rather than simply enjoying a painting at a local treasure of a museum, I decided to shoot a couple photos and write a brief piece about it. From that limited initiative, I received more insight into the person and the process behind the images, images of three additional paintings not in the online gallery, information about a current showing of work by him and his wife, Sushe, and a standing, informal invitation to the Felix’s home and studio. I think that’s wonderful.
Here’s the third image I received; it’s inspired by the La Plata mountains in the San Juan range near Durango: