Scraping the Firmament
© Mike Yost
© Mike Yost
This entry was posted on April 29, 2018 by Mike Yost (Photographer/Writer. It was filed under Photography and was tagged with black & white, black and white, city, clouds, sky, skyscraper, street photography, towers.
We’re forever locked within a specific set of limited perceptions and spatial relationships. This vision we enjoy is defined by cells stacked in the eye. These cells only absorb and process a small portion of the entire spectrum of light.
We see so little of what is truly out there.
I try to use the camera to deviate from those familiar perceptions, to reframe those spatial spaces, to expose thin slices of time that change our relation to experiences teeming with unknowns, flashes of awe, and beauties unseen.
Or in the words of Bob Ross: “Beauty is everywhere.”
Why writing? Why a novel?
It was my catharsis.
Being gay in the Air Force during Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was lonely. Believing I was damned to hell for being gay was frightening.
I had to find a way to navigate depression, lots of suicidal ideation, and a life that felt void of purpose.
Reading fiction and studying philosophy helped build a sense of meaning, woven together with mere words.
I merged the two into a novel, five characters woven together into a single narrative.
The characters are based on the five existential archetypes outlined in Simone du Beauvoir’s, The Ethics of Ambiguity.
The Serious Man
The Passionate Man
I’ll leave you philosopher lovers out there to figure out which character belongs to which existential archetype.
Writing this book saved my life. It’s a pretty good read, too!
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