I seek to present the world as I see it, my perception of reality, combined with the feel of the environment I have entered. To show not necessarily the best capture of what is before me, rather the natural elements I believe need to be expressed. Whether it is the different colours of the environment, the shapes and forms, or perhaps the atmosphere to be the experience.
I chose to display these photos under the name Hyperion as it relates to my interest in the solar system and the cosmos. While understanding the characteristics of the planets and their moons I discovered the mythology surrounding the applied names. Hyperion, Titan God of watchfulness and observation seemed to lend itself to the subject of photography. Hyperion, Moon of Saturn, with it's chaotic rotation, also seemed to fit with finding the one moment of stillness within a photo sometimes full of energy.
Hyperion was a Titan god of light or sunlight and was associated with watching and observation from above. Together with his other three brothers, Crius, Coeus and Iapetus, they presided as the Pillars of holding Heaven and Earth apart.
Hyperion was the Titan god of heavenly light, one of the sons of Ouranos (Uranus, Heaven) and Gaia (Gaea, Earth), and the father of the lights of heaven--Eos the Dawn, Helios the Sun, and Selene the Moon. His wife was Theia, lady of the aither--the shining blue of the sky. Hyperion's name means "watcher from above" or "he who goes above" from the greek words hyper and iôn.
As the father of the sun and dawn, Hyperion was no doubt regarded as the Titan of the pillar of the east. His brothers Koios, Krios and Iapetos presided respectively over the north, south and west.
Hyperion was associated with Astronomy, as well as light, brightness, and like Helios, often represents the sun. Hyperion is always distinguished from Helios; the former was ascribed the characteristics of the "God of Watchfulness, Wisdom and the Light", while the latter became the physical incarnation of the Sun.
"Of Hyperion we are told that he was the first to understand, by diligent attention and observation, the movement of both the sun and the moon and the other stars, and the seasons as well, in that they are caused by these bodies, and to make these facts known to others; and that for this reason he was called the father of these bodies, since he had begotten, so to speak, the speculation about them and their nature."
— Diodorus Siculus (5.67.1)
Hyperion, also known as Saturn VII, is a moon of Saturn. It is distinguished by its irregular shape, its chaotic rotation, and its unexplained sponge like appearance. It was the first non round moon to be discovered. It is an irregularly shaped satellite of Saturn, having an unusual shifting orientation and rotation.
- books.google.co.uk/ Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology by Luke Roman, Monica Roman
- Webster’s New World College Dictionary