My mum gave me some dried up old leaves. Might seem like a strange type of gift to some, but she knows me well – and how much I love to look through my macro lens and search a little deeper into the strange, unknown or unexpected. What might seem everyday, can be a wonderful world of discovery through those eyes.
She also knows how much it can help me to escape some of the less subtle parts of life. Those aspects that smack us in the face with their brutality. And even when we don’t have to face daily horrors ourselves, we know there is a great deal of pain in the world which we can no longer be oblivious to.
Breathing becomes important. Gratitude for the fact that we still are doing just that is also important.
These leaves images have helped me to breathe. The act of taking them, is an act of seeking beauty in an object that shows no life. It’s a meditation and a yearning for clarity. I have to be careful when to breathe and when to hold my breath, to achieve each photograph. A millimetre of movement in any direction and it is lost.
Last night I went to a fundraiser event for Chillout Festival, (an event held annually in Daylesford Victoria, which celebrates the LGBTIQ community).
One of the performers was Paige Phoenix who was apparently on X-Factor. He is a female to male trans-sexual, a fact he made known on tv.
He had a wonderful voice and was so graceful and connected to us as an audience.
He said that between the time he’d been asked to perform for the fundraiser and this actual date, ORLANDO had happened, among other devastating events.
Through his music choices he really gave us a heart-filled show. We sung with him through a rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’, just as the “angels” had, surrounding the mourners at Christopher Andrew Leinonen’s funeral, in Orlando – protecting mourners from hateful protestors surrounding the church.
He also honoured the memory of Prince, another gender-bending artist who many of us miss a great deal for both his art and his pioneering ways.
There’s so much to mourn that it can be difficult to remember how to be ok in this world. How to just breath. How to find and balance positivity with all our challenges and emotions.
I am in the middle of reading a book called ‘Heart Intelligence – Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart’.
It offers hope and helpfulness in how to create that energy and be in the world and part of it and finding that balance for ourselves and the planet.
So these images are all about that breathe – that connection to the whole.
Seeking the real, the full, the everything that is part of everything else.
We don’t really have to seek it, we ARE IT already. But it can be difficult to feel connected to the whole and to breath, when there is so much wild energy all around us.
My macro work is always about this I guess.
It’s about heart. And breath. I hope it helps you breathe.