Photography And Creation
Living The Artist's Life
By living the life of the artist you add, on a daily basis, to the miracle that is life. Many say that the very existence of life is a miracle. While we tend to associate the word miracle with religious connotations, the word itself is simply a way of defining that which seems unexplainable.
Assigning responsibility for such events to an all knowing, all-powerful creator-being is not an unreasonable approach to take. I have no issue with that concept, either historically or in contemporary societies. The problem, I believe, is when politics and power are immeshed so deeply into the teachings that they become synonymous with the religion in question.
While I have an interest in world religions, as a fundamental component of culture, I do not personally subscribe to any one message or faith. And while I admire religious devotion I abhor dogma.
My desire is for a multi-faceted approach to the eternal, one that has room for science and faith, expression and ritual, male and female. I encourage pluralism and debate and dream of a society where the only wars we engage in are against the tyranny of oppression; corruption, poverty and disease; and our own innate negativity.
The Creative Path
Why we are not ourselves god’s our choices, attitudes and endeavors can, at their best, be described as god-like.
It’s about intent and energy. The purer the intent and the more focused the energy the closer we put ourselves to the source.
Creativity is taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. Through our photography, each of us has the choice to participate in the ongoing mystery that is creation.
The photo that illustrates this post is a very old one. I made it way back in December 1999 near the town of Amarapura near Mandalay in Myanmar (i.e., Burma). It was made as the sun rose through the mist.
The two people in the water are fishermen tending to their nets. They're wading through very shallow water which, from a distance, gives the feeling that they may, actually, be walking on water.
That's very much how it looked through my camera's viewfinder when I made the image on my then Hasselblad 503CWi medium format camera with a Hasselblad 150 mm f/4 Sonnar lens on Kodak Portra 160VC Professional film.
There were very few tourists entering Myanmar back then. I understand it's quite a different story these days. Still, I hope to revisit Myanmar again. It's a very beautiful country with literally thousands of religious sites, lovely landscapes and wonderfully photogenic people.