Friday, September 11, 2009

Photographic Experiment 1: Facing West

For this first experiment, people pointed their cameras westward at precisely 7:40 PM (mountain time) and snapped one picture. I received 21 photos from around the world (thanks to Jordan) - 20 photos from Utah and 1 from Canada - and these pictures are displayed below. Enjoy, and keep your eyes open for future artistic and photographic 'experiments'.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who contributed.

Without further ado: 21 different perceptions of the west, taken on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at precisely 7:40 pm. (Click photos to see larger image)

Woodland Hills, Utah (1 photo)

Utah (1 photo)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1 photo)

Sandy, Utah (2 photos)

Salt Lake City, Utah (2 photos)

Provo, Utah (2 photos)

Orem, Utah (10 photos)

Lindon, Utah (1 photo)

American Fork, Utah (1 photo)

Enjoy, and please comment.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

For Mark

Notice the bee...

Observers in the background...

Click for detail...

Monday, September 7, 2009

don't feel lonely

when i saw this i thought: that sunflower has windswept hair! and she's got an admirer looking at her while she reaches her arms out. but the two can't touch, can they? or do they, underground, their roots entwined? i don't know. there is smoke in the air and the sunlight's dimmed. what do they think of that?

it's a long way to the sun

i took this picture, thinking nothing. but then when i looked at it later i thought about how far away the clouds in the background are from the flower. and then i started thinking about how far away the sun was from the flower, and how the flower keeps reaching for it. and then i thought about the stars up there so far, far away.



The rules are simple. Wherever you are in the whole wide world, at EXACTLY 7:40 pm (USA Mountain Time or 9:40 pm Eastern Time) on Thursday, September 10, 2009, point your camera TO THE WESTERN SKY/SCENERY and take ONE picture.

Then, send that picture to - by 11:59pm Friday, Sept. 11 (the next day) - and I will post all pictures on the blog 'The Ubiquitousness of Beauty' (url:

IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THE EMAIL WRITE: "PHOTOGRAPH: (and then the location it was taken: e.g. Salt Lake City, Utah"

It's as easy as that. Just be sure that you take the picture of the Western Sky/Scenery within that same exact minute (Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7:40 pm USA MOUNTAIN TIME) and be sure to send the picture to the email above by 11:59 pm the following night (Fri. Sept. 11) WITH THE SUBJECT AS STATED ABOVE (so I know which emails are for this experiment).

Then, be sure to check the blog (at the link above) on Saturday morning to see all pictures.
Tell your friends...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

blood sunset

I live on the third floor of a condo facing west and one night last week we were just sitting playing cards and our whole front room slowly turned red and we were wondering what had happened and then looked out the window and saw this. We had to take a picture. The photo doesn't show the whole effect or how bright it was because of our camera, but it was impressive.