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The House I Grew Up In

This is the house I grew up in.  My mam always stands at the door to wave goodbye.  Love you, miss you.  Her words to me as we hug and I leave.  I was 6 when we moved here.  She was 42. Now she’s 88.

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There is Light…..

I discovered a new place today, a new place to walk.  And I fell in love all over again with my beautiful dene.  The world outside seemed to fade away and cease to exist and it was just me and Nature.  I was surrounded by this intense beauty, and I knew that this is where my journey was taking me.  I find such exquisiteness in Nature. It is so calming on the soul.  And I can think, there are no distractions as I follow this path, nothing to turn my head.  And every time I go there it is like cleansing the soul.   My only companion is my camera and through it I capture this world which is like no other.  Mysterious, full of light, and darkness, and so so powerful. Nature is such a wondrous thing.

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Black and White

As much as I try something always draws me to a black and white photography.  I love the contrast.  I love how there is always light in the midst of the darkness. This is me happy, happy, happy.  And if only one person out there likes a photograph that I’ve taken then that makes me happy too.  Knowing that someone in another part of the world is looking at something that I’ve created and has taken the time to like it is pretty cool.

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Five Sisters

I call this one Five Sisters.  It sounds rather earthy, a little like some of the standing stones that we see dotted around the country.  This is Art in Nature, natural art.  Taken in Castle Eden Dene, a jewel in the North East.  A hidden jewel at that as I don’t think many people know about it.  It used to belong to the Burdon family and was a private area.  The common folk were not allowed to walk through it.  Now its open for everyone and it is such a beautiful place.

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Shibui – elegant, simple beauty.

Summer has arrived at last……….

Finally managed a walk out to the woods today.  It was a toss up between that and falling asleep on the sofa.  The sleep nearly won, especially after having done a good stint in the front garden getting some of the weeds to give up their home.  Damn weeds played hard ball but I got them evicted in the end.

But instead I opted to head out across the fields.  It was hard going trying to walk along the furrows, not good for the soles of the feet.  But it was well worth it as I managed, right place, right time, to catch sight of a hare. Beautiful, gallant hare, my lucky  charm, my protector.  It must be an omen.  I wonder if the hare is lucky in Japanese mythology. Too fast for me to take a photo though.  Maybe next time I’ll capture him.

The wood was ever so peaceful.  Everything had grown so much since last time I was there making it more difficult to get through the hedges and under the canopy of the trees.  No prying eyes, no-one to spy on me.  Just me, the trees and my camera.  Oh and the birds with their beautiful birdsong.

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Experimenting is fun.  I still don’t know what I want to achieve.  I still don’t know if I will use colour in this project. I’m not sure which of these photographs depicts any of the seven aesthetic principles of zen philosophy.

Five

I like both of them.  No I love both of them, especially the black and white one.  It has one element of Japan that I am trying to bring into my photographs, an odd number, five.  I know that four is an unlucky number in Japan as is sometimes pronounced shi, which is the word for death.  So five it was.  These five trees stood out to me, they were growing in close unison with each other.  All the other trees in the wood seemed further away from them.  It was almost like they were posing, ready to have their photo taken.   I certainly can’t describe this photograph as Fukinsei, which means irregularity, asymmetry, but maybe it could take on some of the other aesthetics such as, Kenso – simplicity, Shizen – without pretense, natural, Datsuzoku – unbounded by convention, Seijaku – tranquility, Yugen – profound grace and last but not least, Shiburi – elegant, simplicity.