Gravity

"I deduced that the forces which keep the planets in their orbs must [be] reciprocally as the squares of their distances from the centers about which they revolve: and thereby compared the force requisite to keep the Moon in her Orb with the force of gravity at the surface of the Earth; and found them answer pretty nearly."
Principia, 1687, Isaac Newton.

Gravity is the weakest force in the universe, yet the one that holds everything together -
quite literally. It controls our seasons and the way in which earth travels around the sun,
and it controls the movement of surface water on the planet, causing tides.

 

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Our highest tides - Spring Tides - occur when the gravitational forces of the sun and moon pull in the same direction, and our lowest tides - Neap Tides - occur when the sun and the moon pull in opposing directions.

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Like many long-term photographic projects, this started out as a series of regular observations from which visual inferences were drawn - a version of grounded theory.

 

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Gradually it became clear to me that it was about seasonality - about how things change over time, but are also part of a cycle - in this case a cycle of events that has repeated its daily and monthly patterns for millions of years.

More recently I've been looking at Lefebvre's ideas of Rhythmanalysis as I work to resolve the project.

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I’m grateful to Jonathan Rowe in BA(Hons) Wildlife and Environmental Photography for helping me to develop my understanding of seasonality and to James Smith for an introduction to grounded theory.

You can view a preliminary edit here - images only at the moment.

 

 

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