“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” Einstein
“All beings are flowers blossoming in a blossoming universe.” Soen Nakagawa
“Summer is for surrendering; winter is for wondering.” Debasish Mridha
“We are not meant to spend the rest of our lives underground. We need to go home and tell a strange story that no one will believe.” Courtney M. Privett
“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” Helen Keller
“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” Demi Lovato
If we’ve learned anything this year, and especially this week it’s that wearing a mask works. Wear it right, wear it proud and keep it clean.
“Everything is magical when you see it with your heart.” Mooji
“A spark can set a whole forest on fire. Just a spark. Save it.” Charles Bukowski
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Eckhart Tolle, in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment said to let the flowers teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem. Butt wait, there’s more.
Let them teach you about composition, aperture, exposure compensation and shutter speed. Let them teach you to not only keep a tripod in your car but to use it.
Let them teach you about light, wind gusts and patience. Let them teach you to pay attention to signs, and not get locked in the park overnight. Let them teach you about color and how to bring out their beauty in a photograph.
And finally, if it takes a while to learn all of that let them teach you to convert to black and white, and pretend that you feel color is distracting and that you were going for that aesthetic, artistic look.
In this case luck is a very talented lady named Alena Shminke who I had the pleasure to work with again on a still life project called Imaginary Road Trip Without Destination.
You can view the collection of images here: A Photography Co-Project