19 March 2018
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Some of my creative side is pushed through the lens and the result is inner joy. The process acts as a way to use my sensibilities, and view my universe to tell a visual story. Words are not needed. Also, I am sure that each still moment frames and tells a little bit more about me. And in that small reductive moment comes a piece of my soul.
I am usually drawn to minimalism to show what is often not noticed in the natural world, as each of us might not be noticed for a sundry of reasons. I find that nature must be given her place on a higher pedestal to praise her part in our lives and survival. Without her we cannot exist. So when an elaborate scene spirits its way toward me, a response must be made.
Sometimes the busiest of images has meaning, at least for me. The photograph in the Lens section symbolizes the grander reach of nature. That space where the larger picture brings a quiet solace. The wild in the tame and the tame in the wild comes to mind. It’s a theme that keeps rising into my thoughts.
And every once in a while a floral composition will need to be stripped of its color, given a black-and-white patina. Such is the case with the 12-foot arch at the Orchid Extravaganza during Longwood Gardens annual event, which had over six hundred potted Phalaenopsis hybrids that were set in Philodendron and Sphagnum moss.
At Longwood Gardens they take floral beauties and parade their presence singularly and in multiples. This particular presentation is from a vantage point that adds layer upon layer of nature’s beauty with the hand of human nature’s creativity.
I felt compelled to convert the image to monochrome. That decision rewarded me with an abstraction of contrasts. The arch seemed to jump into my sights in a way it did not in full color. There was too much happening as the eye ran through and among and on the sides of the hues. Black-and-white suited its performance.
I was bathed in Mother Nature’s striations of abundance, and the assurance that there is order in the disorder. And that seemingly impossible order in the wild gives way to the wild in the tame.
Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was a German-born American writer who was known for her political theories. She was one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century. Here are some examples of her words that resonate with me:
“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”
“The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.”
“Nothing we use or hear can be expressed in words that equal what is given by the senses.”