An Intimate Vastness

589 Slate River Cascade #3

When I want to make a landscape photograph, I go to a location ripe with possibility. The camera stays in the bag. I sit or stand still, close my eyes, breathe softly and listen intently to hear every sound possible.

After a few moments, I will often feel “something” coming toward me. I turn toward that feeling and open my eyes as a portion of the scenery “steps” forward. Only then does the camera come out.

As I frame the image, I am looking for the unique movement, color and patterning of the life happening in the space before me. If successful, I experience a linking of “my” body-mind-spirit as it couples with that sentient, intelligent portion of earth’s biosphere before me and the equipment Click is the closing punctuation.

Visually, I am hoping to recreate the physical and emotional sense of intertwining with the flow and gesture of the ecosphere enveloping me. It seems that an image is “successful” when it gracefully combines these attributes, bringing a sense of intimate vastness to successful realization – no matter whether a closeup or panorama.

The devil, of course, is in the intimacy. I find it’s degree of presence in each of my images to be a barometer of how completely I can set aside all the mental chatter that is distracting me.

The technique of listening to something other than the thoughts generated by the brain helps most of the time. However, sometimes they are overpowering and I end up “stuck”.

When I was a kid, I used to have an invisible “friend” who would come to help when I needed one. These days, even though much has been said of the deleterious effects of over-using the internet, it seems we can still benefit from having “invisible friends” on the net to encourage our growth as artists.

So, I ask: What do you do when you get stuck? How do you move through distraction and continue creating? How do you relink with your intimate vastness?

Looking forward to your thoughts…