So I’ve started this site to chronicle my experiences with pursuing amateur astronomy, a ridiculous endeavors fun hobby, but I’m bad at math, not a very good writer, don't care about spelling, but I know this discipline has been very different the any other art form or career pursuits I’ve experienced. I hope that this blog becomes a forum for my sporadic ideas to spur reflection on topics that come up when I’m thinking about making these images, either out at night in remote locations or back in front of the computer processing amateur astrophotography seems to be the medium for me to set up regular time to contemplate visualize and accept my place in the universe.
Here's a few of the topics I hope to tackle. Note the random order, copy and paste is the way of the future my friends :). I will hopefully try, in future blog posts to tackle these ideas in more depth and clarity.
Art Related: In 1973 Chris Burden “paddled a small canvas kayak from town on Sea of Cortez in Baja California to an uninhabited beach further south , carrying only water. He spent 11 days on the beach , in 120 degree temperatures before declaring an end to the performance and paddling back to town. In his Los Angeles gallery a note describing his absence was the only thing viewers found when they arrived for his schedules exhibition.”
He later said “ it was really more about isolation than anything else… It was about being gone”
I heard him say in an artist talk in Chicago that is was one of the most terrifying experiences of his life, he didn’t sleep and felt like everything around him was meant to kill him.
-This adrenaline is the same adrenaline that gets us going down mountains in the snow, or riding a bike, sex, dancing.
CirCadian Rhythms, Depression, and the “reset” Delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD), more often known as delayed sleep phase syndrome and also as delayed sleep-wake phase disorder, is a chronic dysregulation of a person's circadian rhythm (biological clock), compared to those of the general population and societal norms. The disorder affects the timing of sleep, peak period of alertness, the core body temperature rhythm, and hormonal and other daily cycles. People with DSPD generally fall asleep some hours after midnight and have difficulty waking up in the morning. People with DSPD probably have a circadian period significantly longer than 24 hours. Depending on the severity, the symptoms can be managed to a greater or lesser degree, but no cure is known, and research suggests a genetic origin for the disorder. Depression In the DSPD cases reported in the literature, about half of the patients have suffered from clinical depression or other psychological problems, about the same proportion as among patients with chronic insomnia. According to the ICSD: Although some degree of psychopathology is present in about half of adult patients with DSPD, there appears to be no particular psychiatric diagnostic category into which these patients fall. Psychopathology is not particularly more common in DSPD patients compared to patients with other forms of "insomnia." ... Whether DSPD results directly in clinical depression, or vice versa, is unknown, but many patients express considerable despair and hopelessness over sleeping normally again. A direct neurochemical relationship between sleep mechanisms and depression is another possibility. DSPD may cause excessive or inappropriate production of melatonin. Serotonin, a mood regulator, is the precursor of melatonin. As a result, increased endogenous melatonin production can deplete serotonin levels and may cause depression. It is conceivable that DSPD has a role in causing depression because it can be such a stressful and misunderstood disorder. A 2008 study from the University of California, San Diegofound no association of bipolar disorder (history of mania) with DSPD, and it states that there may be behaviorally-mediated mechanisms for comorbidity between DSPD and depression. For example, the lateness of DSPD cases and their unusual hours may lead to social opprobrium and rejection, which might be depressing.
My Reset Theory Reset occurs when the circadian rhythm is shifted temporarily and accompanied by surges in adrenaline and serotonin. As serotonin is a precursor to melatonin and adrenaline can affect cognitive behaviour ; the relationship of these chemicals to the sleeping mechanisms of the body are affected and the individual is prone to reset their circadian rhythms when they shift their sleeping patterns change their environment and engage in a positive introspective & explorative activitysimultaneously. Direction of thought for those with depression, adhd, add, sad, may find a treatment. Adrenaline and human cognitive and physical performance: http://pitjournal.unc.edu/article/animal-instincts-human-body-psychological-and-skeletal-muscular-analysis-adrenaline-human -adrenaline associated with a positive introspective & explorative activity
Reset and the outdoors: do it in the Dark
Studies around adhd and getting out of the city, the calm and the storm
⅓ of our lives are asleep and ½ of our lives are in the dark.
Rural and urban, Capitalism and socialism, light and dark ; Yin and Yang
Dark sky islands: what they are
Experiential aspect of being there in astrophotography in a dark sky island
The experiential aspects of life provide the platform for reform, progress and in turn mapping and preservation
A book with pictures has a strong impact ei an astrophotography book but a cave painting book can’t grab the reader in the same way. Documentation has its limitations,
Delayed sleep phase disorder and circadian rhythms
Planning and discovering Astrophotography, Cognitive mapping inner outer infinite
The same way we love the way a particular film works on many levels when watched/ experienced: seeing the way the layers of meaning between characters their stories intersect and compare to our own lives and worlds we live in.
Map a world around us, the hive mind links knowledge together, stored on the internet for future interpretation: Cultural understanding and tolerance of certain subjects are always changing, there is always a spectrum of opinion around a certain subjects but once the knowledge or argument for or against a given subject (livestyles, cultural understanding of hindsight or history) is out there in the public consciousness it becomes or is available for mapping. Cultural archaeology is this study