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Practicing Stillness

So, its been a while since I posted on here. Sorry about that, fellow followers. I had some very personal things come up in my life and they needed my careful attention. I won’t bore you with the details, but it involved a freak accident and some recovery time. I am feeling a lot better and am beginning to feel like myself again. I haven’t even posted to my Instagram account, and I usually post there the most. The last couple of months have been extremely difficult, but extremely necessary. In the quiet moments of my recovery, I learned a lot about the person I am and the person I want to be. I faced certain things about myself that I don’t really care for, I hope to do away with those traits the best I can. I saw a lot there thats worth keeping, and things I want to achieve for my future. I am fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best people I have ever known, they were my strength, when I was beaten. They were my courage, when I was defeated. They got me through it. The most important things I learned in all of this are, there is no greater virtue than gratitude and fear is still as destructive as they tell you it is.

Remember your roots and be ever flowing like water.

This period of reflection has caused some creative blockages that I am trying to sort through. But being still sometimes is what needs to be done in order to move past the things that come up for us in our lives. I struggle with stillness, so this has been challenging. Thats when I turn to the landscape. Take pause and be present with something bigger than myself. My goal from here on out is to spend more time with my work, post images from my archive, sharing work that is synonymous with growth, patience, gratitude and strength. In the presence of the landscape, I attempt to convey how we can be like water, or be like trees. Bending and swaying, maintaining a fluidity thats constant, while still remaining steadfast and strong. The human condition is an omnipresent thread with what I hope to say with my self-portraiture work. Through my landscapes, I still attempt to transfer the natural state of the landscape as a reflection of how we, as people, are the same as nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Like Water

I did quite a bit of hiking this past summer. My camera and my journal were always present, sometimes I had company and sometimes not. I never thought of myself as a “landscape photographer”, but I’m sure other photographers can attest that being in the presence of nature, its hard not to capture its beauty on camera. It became my meditation, the pressure of telling the story became┬ánonexistent. I was simply documenting the majesty of my surroundings, which I do no matter what. In nature, it was different.

The passing of 2016 got me thinking about water. There has been a lot of drama surrounding water in this past year. It is imperative to our survival here on Earth, and without it we perish. Water is persistent and steady. Its patient and moves at its own pace. It can be fierce and powerful, calming and healing.

Lets all be like water in 2017. Be steady, persistent with our goals; patient and learn from failures and mistakes. Be fierce, use the power we all possess in healthy and effective ways to ignite change and spread positivity. Stand up for whats right, knowing that it won’t be popular. Breathe life into all that you do, and everyone you know. Be love and be light.

Be like water.

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