Impermanence

 

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These aren’t landscapes, nor cityscapes or even a pinhole image. What can I say? I’m a closet portraitist. The problem is I am also an introvert. Therefore I don’t have many opportunities to make portraits. I would rather go and explore a deserted shoreline or stand by myself amongst ancient trees. Move anonymously with the movement of a city.

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But I also know many cool and interesting individuals and opportunities do arise now and again to  leave my comfort zone and manage to sneak in a portrait once in a while.

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Time

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We are enslaved in so many ways to measure time, aren’t we? Clocks and calendars, stopwatches and timers. How much time we allot to our loved ones each day or week. Work time versus play time. Down time. Time, time, time. It is an imaginary distinction that we created, then wrapped ourselves so thoroughly in it, yet it is also a very finite resource. How many days do you have in your life? We don’t know and won’t know until the end, but imaginary number or not, it is not an infinite number.

Even though we are the ones that invest time with meaning, it is still of immense value. Seconds mean something, minutes do too. Hours, days, weeks, months. Sometimes I measure time by photographic exposure. Those are some of my favourite units to measure time by, in fact. This exposure is 2 minutes for example. How many of those can I do in a given window. I only had so much time ,  only so many 2 minute exposures. The risk then is to worry about all the time that is lost or not used, to worry about the 2 minute exposures I might not be able to make. But this way of looking at things is an eternal loss. There will always be time you wish you had. We think we are drowning in a glut of time, we have time to spare, to waste or throw out. Considering the value of that time is set individually, this may very well be true but I hope not.

Exposures like this make me think more about time, they make me more aware of its ebb and flow. I only made one of these exposures. Two minutes was all I was willing to give this scene before moving on to other exposures. That doesn’t demonstrate a lack of value on my part though, the mere fact that I stopped here for a couple of minutes speaks against that notion. This two minute stretch was quite valuable to me and that is why I only made one image, I just made sure to make my execution of that image mirror the value of the time spent in order to expose it. I could go on about time, but I fear I have taken up enough of yours just reading thus far. I wanted to share a bit of what goes through my head during the making of such photos and how they help me measure time in a slightly different fashion and stay aware of its constant forward flow.

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So only by going all the way to the end will you know if something will bring you peace.

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Colourflow In Mind

A Nod to Kandinsky

We just finished re painting our hall and stairs and the idea for a set of colour photographs, inspired by Kandinsky’s use of colour, was born. So here are the resulting images with some philosophical musings attached.

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Kandinsky has left some of the most sublime colour-combinations, abstract forms, and spiritual thoughts on art.

Art is retreating back to nature

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Art awakens in us an appreciation for life, nature, and the universe.

Music x Painting

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I love music, music is the strings of the soul. Kandinsky likens music a lot to his painting . I love this idea of trying to create vibrations in the soul with my art and photography.

Colour

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Colours in photos or art can influence our soul; how we feel, our emotions, and our mind.

Feel joy through art

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If you’re an artist and not feeling joy, something is wrong.

Create art that vibrates your soul

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Make art through your pen, your keyboard, your body, your voice. If your art evokes vibrations in your soul, and the soul of your viewer, you are doing it right.

Abstraction is clarity

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Reality and life are very messy and complicated. I love abstract painting and art because it shows us true reality, not clear, crisp lines.

Necessity creates the form

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There is no better form in art. Painting isn’t better than sculpture or photography.

Every art form is distinct.

Photography isn’t better in digital or film. It is just different. I prefer film.

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Composition is the sum of organised tensions

If  photos or images have no tension there will be no interest or composition.

Enjoy art for how it touches you, but above all, have fun.

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The Quiet Of Trees

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For me it is often less about where a specific place is than it is about what a place is… if that makes sense or not.

I remember the first time I ventured out to Alwen Reservoir, though I don’t remember how it came onto my radar to begin with. I was surprised at how such a grand sight could sit relatively hidden away in a forest.

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That first trip in was when I really came to appreciate the hike in as much as the abandoned house itself.

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The hike is gorgeous for no particular reason. Even the forest road in runs through some beautiful forest. If I had to try to pin it down, I would say it was about the character of the trees up there… they are quieter than normal.

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It is a very peaceful and calming hike, I daresay I enjoy the trek more than the destination in this case though I do more photography at the destination… though that is hardly a reliable way of equating value.

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On my most recent trip out there I came back with daylight to spare and my reward was some lovely afternoon light patterning its way through the trees.

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In this case I was drawn to the abandoned farm house just outside the woods. I lingered here long enough to make a picture… and then some.

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Worldwide Pinhole Day

Today is World Pinhole Day. A coming together of Photographers from all over the world who are creating lens-less beautiful images. And these are my handful of images who made my shortlist. I picked the image below as my entry.

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Pinhole Gallery

It is not a competition just a sharing and partaking in the art of Pinhole Photography. No who is the biggest, who is the best, nobody wins and nobody loses. And it’s so much the better for it.

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To me it represents freedom and a search for change by going back in time and using that experience to try and make this world a better, simpler and more harmonious place.

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The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It has to happen inside first.

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Give it a go.

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Lens-less world = Beautiful World.

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Rainy Easter Memory

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Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that. Memory runs her needle in and out, up and down, hither and thither. We know not what comes next, or what follows after. Thus, the most ordinary movement in the world, such as sitting down at a table may agitate a thousand odd, disconnected fragments, now bright, now dim, hanging and bobbing and dipping and flaunting, like a raindrop in a gale of wind.

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Lie Lie Land

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The America and Britain that Trump voters and Brexit supporters yearn for is dead, gone. It will never return. It is accessible now in memory and imagination. Still real on those levels. What it is replaced by – a global culture – is not going away. Attempts to turn back time and tide, – like Trump, May, le Pen – will result in disaster and a more painful journey forward. What we need – and have – is a great big MELTING POT. Start liking it.

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Cubicle

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Life as a Suit – Cubicle Hell

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Garbage to sell – lies to tell
I feel for you

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We need to peel back
the layers of false reality
Be thankful for our gifts
share knowledge with others

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Take our creativity
to a spiritual plane
soaring high
on creativity’s wings.

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Your path in life, well that is always for you to choose.

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