“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
“Beauty’s easy. Modeling is not just about being pretty.” Tyra Banks
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” Buddha
“Inside of us, there’s a continual autumn. Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water.” Rumi
“Everyone said to Vincent van Gogh, You can’t be a great painter, you only have one ear. And you know what he said? I can’t hear you.” Steve Carell
“It’s not about the shoes, it’s what you do in them.” Michael Jordan
“A lily or a rose never pretends, and its beauty is that it is what it is.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
“The past is a hotel. You can visit any time, enjoy the view, but you can’t live there. The cost is too high.” B.J. Neblett