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The Greeks had two words for time — chronos and kairos. Chronological time is quantitative. It is measurable, dominated by the tick of the clock, the appointment calendar, and the passing of years.


Kairological time is qualitative. It pertains to the authentically spiritual dimensions of experience, to the ripeness of a given moment, to the flow of life.

From the moment I picked up a camera, photography has always been for me a continual effort to encounter reality on kairological time. Things slow down, thin places appear before my eyes, and I understand more fully what the fourteenth century anchoress Julian of Norwich meant in proclaiming “All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”


Other influences upon my work include Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Japanese aesthetics, the music of Bob Dylan, the poetry of Denise Levertov, the films of Terrence Malick and Andrei Tarkovsky, the paintings of James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Makoto Fujimura, and the photography of Henri Cartier Bresson.

May your time here be much more than well spent.

Jon Balsbaugh

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