19 November 2018
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.
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When I ponder the direction and ongoing redefinition of my inner voice, appreciation and dedication is fixated upon the wondrous existence of the tame and wild. To conserve and honor the precious natural world is a longstanding mainstay that navigates my creative efforts.
Still, humans have had a seesaw relationship with nature, and today that continues. That ambivalence and at times assault upon her pushes me to show nature as I observe her.
Mother Nature is my muse, my constant inspiration. Whether a dark cloudy day or a majestic sunburst, hidden and obvious jewels abound. It takes awakening one’s ability to separate the distractions of our visually-rich universe to fully see what is offered before us. But it’s also necessary to understand our interdependence. How nature and human nature are inextricably linked.
It takes concentration and sometime even serendipity to discover what appears with more meaning than something else: to be able to focus and unleash the senses. What draws our attention from one space to another? And how to salute the exactitude and fragility and strength and wonder and mystery and magic and unquestionable beauty of nature’s progeny?
When I began to combine (through collage and photomontage) images of nature, my own way of seeing the universe expanded, became larger and more aware. To find the right blend is a challenge with experimentation and patience.
The image in the Lens section is an example. While the two images are worthy on their own, as a montage they have new meaning as a dual effort to show nature’s promise. That optimism is seen in the light behind the dark, its emergence grows as hope spreads.