08 July 2019
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When I lift a camera into position, I am transported into another realm. The eye reveals a place that removes me from reality, and yet I gaze into a slice of the outside world. The frame limits or increases my creative decision making. It also unleashes my intuition and a built-in freedom. How can a single mechanism be so freeing and inspirational? And simultaneously seem so limiting?
The ability to use any photographic device to detail aspects of one’s visual environment is to singularly possess a wand that taps the creative process. While some may use today’s technology to snap and share on social media, I am caught in the clutches of stilling a moment and allowing my inner voice to capture the image. For me it is not about sharing, it is the process of discovery and interpretation.
My image making is a personal mission and is not predicated on others to view it. But I have come to realize that as one builds an online community, a circle of similar-minded people are drawn to each other. This community has a mirroring effect to help me see how others see and in turn they do the same with my work. What has always astounded me is how we find each other within the vast realm of cyberspace.
To be inspired through the looking glass is to be uplifted to a space of pure meditation: a quiet and vigorous state of the new and the old in coexistence. The creative process is a nest of possibilities and no matter the camera, it is my own lens that carries me into the unknown and then the known: a soulful coexistence between my inner and outer worlds.
Note: My book group is reading Richard Preston’ s The Hot Zone (1994), which continues to be a well-received early account of Ebola’s leap into the United States. Recently, this nonfiction book was released as a film by the National Geographic channel.
The book is a hard read, terrifying and edifying all at once. But in the last few pages I learned humanity’s role in the release of dangerous and hostile viruses, one of which could easily be the pandemic that erases life as we know it. Here is that passage:
“In a sense, the earth is mounting an immune response against the human species. It’s beginning to react to the human parasite, the flooding infection of people, the death spots of concrete all over the planet, the cancerous rot-outs in Europe, Japan, and the United States, thick with replicating primates, the colonies enlarging and spreading and threatening to shock the biosphere with mass extinctions…Nature has interesting ways of balancing itself. The rain forest has its own defenses. The earth’s immune system, so to speak, recognized the presence of human species and is starting to kick in. The earth is attempting to rid itself of an infection by the human parasite.”
To ignore our role in the earth’s ills is to doom our species. The intersection and results of humanity’s need to conquer and control the planet and the health of the earth is escalating. After reading Preston’s book it is lear that our own evolution (consistently has played and) is continuing to play a major storyline in the earth’s forecast.
Most of my adult years I have believed that nature will bat last. And I continue to believe that Mother nature with her golden touch is the quintessential master of the universe, and will remain to reinvent how she will survive.