I am again drawn to water. And, the sound, oh the soothing sound that it sings to us, drawing us close so that we may stand and stare. Does it ever stand still? Do we ever stand still?
Can it enlighten us? What can it teach us? Simplicity. Be in the moment. Do not think of the future, do not think of the past. Live today. When we realise this then we are close to enlightenment. This is something that I must learn to do. I am always thinking ahead, thinking of next week. When I am in the garden, or out in nature, I often think of the tomorrow when everything goes back to sleep. I must try and think of the moment. Live the moment. Enjoy what is in front of me, around me, free my mind of the tomorrows. Be alive.
I feel at peace when I am close to water. I love to hear its soothing sound. It is our life source, the blood that runs through this land that we stand upon. Without it we cannot survive. Sometimes I feel I should follow it, see where it leads, see what I find at its end. But it never ends, it is continuous, it is infinite. There is no beginning, there is no end. Maybe that is life, no beginning, no end. Maybe life is infinite. Maybe we continue on in a different universe, a different life, on and on we go, seeking enlightenment at every turn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Little 6 x 4 prints just to see what my Road to Enlightenment series looks like printed off. Cheap little prints from asda but it’s always good to see what photos look like when they’re printed. Think they will look good on fine art paper mounted and framed too. The series is coming along nicely, getting a real feel for it. Especially as I am exploring the realms of Enlightenment and spiritual awareness. Trying to make sense of life and follow a path to maybe some kind of Enlightenment awakens the senses. Whether I will get there is another matter. Sometimes it feels like one step forward two steps back. We tend to pick up a lot of baggage over the years which is hard to give up and its quite easy to fall into the old ways.
What lies along the waters edge? What will we find if we follow its meandering path through the fields?
There is something magical about water in the landscape. Its sound, the way the sun glistens on its surface. Its calmness. It is life flowing through the land, without it we are nothing. I could sit by the waters edge for all eternity and listen to its soothing sound.