Seems like photo festivals are popping up everywhere (not a bad thing!). I came across the website for a new photo fair in Kyoto, Japan called Kyotographie (cute name). It runs through the end of this week so barring a ton of cash falling from the sky I will miss it. But the site was interesting to explore.  I came upon a description of one of the exhibitions called Supernature. It is a collection of visual works that relate to Ecosophy. That’s a new phrase for me and so I immediately went where all educated people go to get information, Wikipedia:

Naess defined ecosophy in the following way:

By an ecosophy I mean a philosophy of ecological harmony or equilibrium. A philosophy as a kind of sofia (or) wisdom, is openly normative, it contains both norms, rules, postulates, value priority announcements and hypotheses concerning the state of affairs in our universe. Wisdom is policy wisdom, prescription, not only scientific description and prediction. The details of an ecosophy will show many variations due to significant differences concerning not only the ‘facts’ of pollution, resources, population, etc. but also value priorities.

Arne Naess was  a professor at University of Oslo who introduced the terms “deep ecology movement” and “ecosophy” into environmental literature. 

I found this intriguing mainly because it jives with what I am currently pursuing photographically with my “Markings” and “A Private Compass” series. It’s neat and a little disturbing when you discover one little word or phrase that sums up a major portion of your world view. Ecosophy encompasses my belief that everyone has their own personal reality which Naess terms value priorities. Not quite the same but close, surely our values come form how we see the world. And also that we are living in Nature and not somewhere else, some other place insulated from the natural.

I love Kyoto, lots of nice memories. Maybe next year.

From Supernature

Plasma 03, 2007 © Erik Samakh

Plasma 03, 2007 © Erik Samakh



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