About

Two paragraphs (or perhaps a little more) to say who you are and what this site is about. Impossible? So here is draft one.

Firstly, about this site. Its primary purpose is to showcase my work in photography and, secondarily, to motivate me in the face of an erratic attention span. But it will also serve as a forum for the ideas and work of others who, though they may not know it, are a source of personal inspiration. They can be found listed under “Favourite Sites” in the right-hand column, but my blog will also frequently deviate from my own work to the ideas and creations of others. I hope this will serve to motivate and inspire readers as I have depended on my fellow travellers to stretch my own perspectives on the world around me and, not co-incidentally, get to know myself better.

So what about me? To a greater extent than anyone I know, I am a person of incompatibles: someone who, temperamentally, is deeply attracted both to the hard sciences (where I spent most of my working life) and to the arts, especially the written word, and visual images. Much of my current activity is the creation and integration of images and words, set to music where possible, to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

I am fortunate indeed to be living in relative health and security in one of the most vibrant and beautiful environments on our planet. I want my work to reflect the beauty, diversity and grandeur of South Africa while acknowledging the reality of pain and imperfection.

My past involvements include biochemistry, molecular biology, medicine, politics, evolution and its impact on human behaviour and conservation. I believe that meaning and value derive from the efforts of human beings constrained by the timeless laws of the universe. I am an agnostic on “ultimate reality” and am guided by Kipling’s lines “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same”…

This site I hope will embody the meaning of Consilience, which in plained English means the interrelatedness of all things.

Mike Berger

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