I started taking photos when I got a spy secret agent briefcase with a built in camera for Christmas. My dad had a makeshift darkroom in our one bathroom house. When I saw the pictures of the family dog emerge I was hooked. Ever since, I have been interested in experimenting with creating images. Early experiments with turning photos upside down to reveal water reflecting in pools of river stones, or exploring alternative film-making techniques that were inspired by the poetic works of some of my new found heroes, darkroom experiments that did not resemble traditional photographs, playing around with photoshop in an attempt to try to paint electronically and now working with acrylics have all been avenues to try to allow these images to emerge. This blog is an effort to share a few of these and also to explore some ideas that intrigue and disturb me.
Time is short. As Guy McPherson says, “We get to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. It means we get to live.” No one knows how long the world as we know it will continue. If you are paying attention I believe you can see the signs of collapse all around. As Joanna Macy says, ” This may be the last gasp of life on Earth, and what a great last gasp…”. “The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present, and when you are worrying about being hopeful or hopeless or pessimistic or optimistic, who cares? The main thing is that you are showing up.” The Tibetan Buddhists are great teachers with regards to creating beauty and then letting go, saying goodbye – knowing that all things are impermanent. Yet they continue to create their sand mandalas with great skill, concentration, and devotion. Their example provides an insight into the mystery of life including what must inevitably come to an end.
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