11/26/10

Infinite Beauty: the photographs


 Infinite Beauty 
       Images of Never-ending Continuity . . . 
             Double-page illuminations for "An Imaginary Book"  Chapter VI 




   Infinite Beauty repetition field photograph   20x25"  Garden View - The Alhambra, Spain from the project:  Crystalline Paradise



    Click on images once, twice to enlarge


"Islamic art is based in the theory of transcendence.  
What would be a suitable aesthetic vehicle for this 
ideology?  The creation of patterns which carry 
the implication of never-ending continuity . . . 
patterns that suggest infiniteness as a
 quality of  transcendence."
Lois Ibsen Al Faruqui


Infinite Beauty is the sixth project or "chapter" in a series of nine core projects which together constitute "An Imaginary Book" inspired by my travel experiences in Turkey in the Spring of 2011, and my concentrated studies of Islamic sacred art and sacred knowledge that has since then followed.  My Preface, the other nine projects, the Epilogue and more is available at this link, "An Imaginary Book" which presents a brief illustrated introduction to each of the online projects.

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Introduction
I have divided the Infinite Beauty project into two parts:  the photographs are on this page, below; the rather large body of texts are on a separate page: visit Texts for the Infinite Beauty Project.  Both are a contemplations, one visual, the other textual, on the themes of Beauty and The Infinite from the perspective of  Islamic sacred art and sacred knowledge.   I will introduce the photographs with a brief Textual Prelude, the photographs will follow.  Then I hope you will visit the Text page.  Welcome to the Infinite Beauty project. 



A
Brief
Textual
Prelude
To the Infinite Beauty Photographs


Traditional art is concerned with beauty which is inseparable from reality and is related to the inner dimension of the Real as such - Ultimate Reality being the Absolute, the Infinite, and Perfection or Goodness.  Beauty reflects the Absolute in its regularity and order; infinity in its sense of inwardness and mystery, and its demands of perfection.  A masterpiece of traditional art is at once perfect, orderly, and mysterious.  It reflects the perfection and goodness of the Source, the harmony and order which are also reflected in the cosmos and which are the imprint of the absoluteness of the Principle in manifestation and the mystery and inwardness which open unto the Divine Infinitude itself. 
Seyyed Hossein Nasr:  Knowledge and the Sacred   


The doctrine of Oneness of Being means that what the eye sees and the mind records is an illusion, and that every apparently separate and finite thing is in Truth the Presence of the One Infinite: "Wheresoever ye turn, there is the Face of God.  Verily God is the Infinitely Vast, the Infinitely Knowing."  (Qur'an II: 115)
Martin Lings:  What is Sufism"




Blue Qur'an page, 9th-10th Century

Infinite Beauty repetition field photograph  2012



Imagine . . .                                      
If all the trees in the earth were pens,
and if the sea eked out by seven seas were ink, 
the Words of God could not be written out to the end 
Qur'an XXXI:27

As you view the Infinite Beauty photographs below I invite you to imagine the repeating image patterns unfolding continuously, endlessly beyond the visible edges of the square image field and into "the Divine Infinitude" of the surrounding marginal black space.   

Imagine the repeating image patterns as if they were continuously unfolding calligraphic forms of the infinite, eternal, ineffable words written upon the open, facing pages of an Imaginary book . . .  

Henry Corbin: Alone with the Alone
Imaginative vision becomes vision of the heart . . . the heart being the organ, the "eye" by which God sees Himself: the contemplant is the contemplated (my vision of Him is His vision of me). . .  In its ultimate degree, the Image will be a vision of the "Form of God" corresponding to the innermost being of the contemplant, who experiences himself as the microcosm of the Divine Being; a limited Form, like every form, but a Form which as such . . . emanates an aura, a "field" which is always open to "recurrent creations."  This presupposes of course a basic visionary Imagination, a "presence of the heart" in the intermediate world . . . an intermediate world which is the encounter (the conjunction, the "conspiration") of the spiritual and the physical . . .



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The
Infinite Beauty 
Photographs
click on the images to enlarge


Note: the Infinite Beauty photographs are fields of repeating image patterns which were constructed by seamlessly conjoining and repeating Four-fold symmetrical photographs from earlier projects in "An Imaginary Book." The field patterns, which run both vertically and horizontally within a square format, are  suspended within a horizontal black space.  The symbolic meaning of these elements and much more are discussed in the Text Page.  In the titles under each photograph you will see hyperlinked words which are the project titles from which the Four-fold source images were taken.  Click on the hyperlink to see the entire project and the source image; click on the images to enlarge them for a more detailed viewing.




     Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  #1 Marble column surface, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul from the project: Prayer Stones





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  Tree with orange and green leaves from the project: Celestial Gardens



  

   Infinite Beauty Photograph   20x25"  The Dome above the mirhab in the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain  Crystalline Paradise





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   Eating the Sun,  from the project:  Symmetrical River Songs





   Infinite Beauty  20x25"  Marble column surface #14, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul: Version 2  from the project: Prayer Stones



















   Infinite Beauty Photograph 20x25"  Shaped Bushes, The Alhambra, Spain from the project:  Crystalline Paradise





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  Water fall, The Alhambra, Spain  from the project:  Crystalline Paradise





    Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   Tropical Flowers  from the project: Celestial Gardens





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   Alcazar, Spain  Pond Fish  from the project: Crystalline Paradise





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   Rainbow,  from the project:  Symmetrical Meadow Photographs

Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  Tree Limbs, Turkey  from the project:  Celestial Gardens




   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  Falling leaves,  from the project:  Symmetrical River Songs











   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25   Lake Waves  from the project: Celestial Gardens




   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25   Cloud Forest view, Costa Rica   from the project: Celestial Gardens





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   Sunken Garden and pool - The Alcazar, Spain  from the project: Crystalline Paradise






   Infinite Beauty photograph  20x25"  Security Walls,the Alhambra, Spain from the project:  Crystalline Paradise





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   The Alhambra, Spain  Pool Reflections in the Court of Myrtle   Crystalline Paradise






   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"Mineral pools, Pamukkale, Turkey  from the project: Prayer Stones





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  Marble column surface #14, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul from the project: Prayer Stones






   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  Opening in Stormy Sky,  from the project: Symmetrical Meadow Photographs





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   Transparent Veil (tropical mangrove forest, Cost Rica)  Celestial Gardens





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  Canandaigua Lake view,  from the    project:  Celestial Gardens





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   The Alhambra, Spain - Generalife Courtyard Terrace  Crystalline Paradise





   Infinite Beauty Photograph  20x25"   Ancient columns under mineral springs, Pamukkale, Turkey   Celestial Gardens





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   Stream water,  from the project: Celestial Gardens





   Infinite Beauty Photograph  20x25"  Dead fish, resurrected   Symmetrical Hydrofracking Photographs





    Infinite Beauty Photograph   20x25"  from the project:  The Tree of Life 





   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"   Pergamon Mountains and Lake view  from the project: Prayer Stones






   Infinite Beauty Repetition Field Photograph   20x25"  Stoney brook water fall,  from the project:  Celestial Gardens






   Infinite Beauty repetition field photograph   20x25"  Garden View - The Alhambra, Spain from the project:  Crystalline Paradise








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A  B  S  T  R  A  C  T 
   Infinite Beauty Photographs

The six Infinite Beauty images below were included in an earlier project entitled Abstract Symmetrical Photographs [Chapter III because they were constructed from abstract source images.  I separated the six Infinite Beauty images from the larger collection of Abstract Symmetrical Photographs.  ~  Of course these six images belong here, with the other Infinite Beauty photographs, though once again I have presented them as a separate group because the Infinite Beauty photographs above were constructed from source images that represent literal appearances.  ~  The abstract images below have a different look and feel about them though they share in the same overall structure and meaning as the images above.  To learn more about the source images used in these Abstract Infinite Beauty photographs you can read the introductory texts for the Abstract Symmetrical Photographs project.     

  






Abstract Infinite Beauty Photographs  (Abstract  Symmetrical Photograph - Vibrating  star lines)   20x25"  double-page illumination  





Abstract Infinite Beauty Photographs  (Abstract  Symmetrical Photograph #16B - turquoise triangles )    20x25"   double-page illumination  





Abstract  Infinite Beauty  Photograph #23  (circled lined triangles)  ~  20x25"   double-page illumination





 Abstract Infinite Beauty Photographs  (Abstract Symmetrical Photograph: Triangles, Circles inside a Square)  20x25"  double-page illumination 





 Abstract Infinite Beauty Photographs   (opening  a book, opening a door)  20x25"  double-page illumination





Abstract  Infinite Beauty  Photograph #22  (abstract garden )  ~ 19x25"   double-page illumination




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Infinite Beauty was first posted mid September, 2012 






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