De File - It's a Fine Line
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It's a Fine Line
I never get tired of the view from the cliffside campsites at South Carlsbad State Beach in northern San Diego County. There is something immensely comforting in simultaneously perceiving the sameness of the general vista with the infinite diversity of its manifestations. This particular shot was taken May 30th, 2012, from our campsite, located ever so slightly north from where we have typically stayed.

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quuf From: quuf Date: July 14th, 2012 09:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
God, I love this.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 14th, 2012 09:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you. I'll dispense with false modesty to confess that I feel the same way. The view is so amazing. But that overlay of competing blues at the last moment, practically, before the descent of full night is really hard to capture. I'd tried on numerous occasions previously, without much success. This time, I had a better camera, the tripod Kim got me for Christmas, and the benefit of that planet glowing in the sky, which somehow makes the composition work much better than it otherwise would.
quuf From: quuf Date: July 14th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
When I first saw it, I thought, 'French Symbolists'. I'm too scattered to say exactly why right now, but the planet cinched it for me.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 14th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm a huge fan of shots that show a field -- or fields -- of something that appears mostly the same on first glance but reveals a more variegated reality on closer inspection. But they typically work a lot better when they have a little something sharp and specific to anchor the eye. I have another photo from this trip, less impressive than this one, but which also illustrates this principle well. I'll try to remember to post it with commentary.
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Charlie Bertsch
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You're looking at content from my Live Journal, which I have been keeping since 2003. I consider it a personal blog, though it lacks stream-of-consciousness revelations that typify that genre.

That said, if you manage to discern the confessional mode within entries that are superficially tight-lipped, I will reward you handsomely. Or at least pretend to do so.

In addition to reflections, however mediated, on my daily activities, De File features periodic excavations of material from my "files," a revelation sure to disturb anyone who has seen my garage. It's an experiment in integrating past and present, perhaps with a little redemption along the way.

Politics is always on my mind, but rarely explicit here. I’m working on a theory about what personal writing like this does to literary identification and why some people resist its pull so powerfully. But my goal is to make that theory dissolve in my practice, a density in liquid.

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