“Imperfection is underrated. Perfection is overrated.” Helena Bonham Carter
“Open the aperture of awareness so that light shines through and distractions are defocused.” Khang Kijarro Nguyen
“Perfection itself is a flaw, an odd knot in the cosmic fabric of evenly-braided imperfections.” Khayri R.R. Woulfe
The three difficulties: “The first is seeing neurosis as neurosis, and the second is being willing to do something different. The third difficulty is the aspiration to make this a way of life.” Pema Chodron
Ask yourself if you really want to stand in a corn field on a 90° day, waiting. Second, try your best not to get run over by the train. Third, if you blow the highlights on the headlight pretend you meant to do that and lie like a dog. 🐶
I woke up today at 6:30 and decided to go back to bed. Thirty minutes later I was standing in a field taking more photos of the same sunflower as in my last post.
I remembered the tiny voice of the flower talking yesterday: Get closer it said and use your monopod. As I waited for the right light I realized that the plant was at least a foot taller than me so handheld it was.
I struggled to hold the camera steady and get as close as I could, occasionally chimping and deleting any image that was not tack sharp or at least close. As the wind picked up I had the funny feeling that this was completely ridiculous.
I think maybe the miracle of a single flower is that it doesn’t struggle, anything that happens is perfectly fine. Life could be the same way, whatever happens or is going to happen is beyond our control so resisting it is pointless.
As I was sitting in my car zooming in on each image I heard very soft laughter coming from somewhere. It turned out to be someone feeding the goats but I have a feeling that the flowers were smiling that I got the message.
Of course I’ll be doing the exact same thing tomorrow. Maybe unusual things made from wood, shot wide open, converted to black and white and resized to exactly 1000 x 1294 (more or less).