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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.

leaves

flower

A Long and Arduous Road

The road to enlightenment is a very difficult one.  Sometimes it can be a case of one step forward, and two steps back.  But even though the road is often strewn with obstacles we must keep on, because one day the road will become easier to walk along.

When things go wrong I often dwell on the negatives.  But I see it as a test.   If I can get past the negatives then the spirit will grow stronger and next time the negatives won’t seem as bad.

Dene

This series of photographs is developing into something very special.  Not only do I love the images and what they represent but going out into nature and taking them is allowing me to get closer to nature.  And it is through nature that I believe my path takes me.  Maybe its a two way street.  I seek enlightenment so I go out into nature to take photographs and by doing so I discover something about myself which enables me to move forward on that path.

following the light

I experiment with a lot of different photography, sometimes some of what I do falls by the wayside.  But I am always drawn to nature.  Nature is my saviour.

I Belong

I am constantly drawn to Nature.  I have decided that I could never live in a city.  I need to be able to see the trees and the fields, to lie in the grass and see the blue sky above me, to hear the birdsong and the rustle of the leaves as the wind blows through the branches of the trees. In Nature I feel safe, rested, calm….. I feel at peace.  I feel I belong.

Purple

white lake

Yellow

white on black

The Wonder of Nature

I’ve found a new secret place.  On a beautiful golden evening I took a walk down the dene and there it was.  Waiting for me.  In all its glory.  The golden light beckoning me to follow it into its heavenly domain.  And I took some pictures.  And I felt so happy to have found this magical place.  And I will visit it again.  Because nature is a wonderful thing.  It was here long before us. And it will be here long after us.  It is endearing. It is calming.  It is mighty.  It is the world we live in.  And we should cherish it.

Golden Hour 2

Golden Hour 3

Golden Hour

Nettle 2

Nettle 3

Nettle

secret pathway

White

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.

Five Sisters

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.

Two

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.