Guest Narratives

Guest Narratives

This week we continue to explore minds and hearts making connections through each others viewfinders, focal points, and the thoughts embedded within pixels you see here…

Birds in Flight

observation: I was enjoying being in the moment, with only a rocky beach between the Pacific Ocean and me, when a flock of birds flying in formation appeared. I kept watching the flock as it flew near the ragged California coast and noticed that it stayed in formation for the longest time, making patterns in the sky over the surprisingly calm water.

reflection: I spend a lot of time searching for symmetry in urban settings. Seeing perfectly aligned structures excites me, and I see beauty in them. Experiencing this beguiling scene, in a remote part of Sonoma County, reminded me of the beautiful power of nature’s symmetry. It’s a mystery to me how birds align themselves like this. And that’s part of the allure – it’s breathtaking to see symmetry in motion that’s purely organic and free of any human involvement.

connection: That day at the ocean affirmed the importance of regularly going to places like this, to receive a calming balance to city life, and to drink in natural beauty that needs no rational explanation.

acknowledgment: Inside the mind and heart of photographer @wongski Location Sonoma County.

Soulful Goals

observation: Our soulful goal that day was to escape the house; we’d been boxed in for far too long and really craved open space as a source of rescue. When we reached the end of the trail, that spacialness appeared and so did this solitary canoe.

reflection: It might seem unconventional but the second I saw the canoe I thought of a song by the artist Speech. The central lyrics are: “If life is a river do you have a canoe, are you riding on the big ship that can’t get through or are you chilling on the sidelines watching the view? If life is a river, which one is you?”. His playful approach to intellectualizing a deeply profound question we should be asking ourselves every day stuck with me.

connection: In this moment I connected simultaneously with wanting to be somewhere I was not (this canoe already seemed spoken for) and also being quite comforted “watching the view”. To me there was a mix of restriction and freedom. I customized it, which took me into the chill zone. Rescue mission completed!

acknowledgment: Inside the mind and heart of photographer @heartedgirl_ Location Alouette Lake, Canada.

Sweet Reminders #JenaFromVermontCollection

“calmversation’s ‘observe, reflect, and connect’ is a sweet reminder to mellow out the increasingly chaotic energy of our busy worlds. It gently asks us to slow down and take better assessment of the energies in and around us, as well as our own impact on those energies.”
Jena @snowy_vt “Love wins, love always wins.” See more

calming sense of security

observation: Walking along the cliff edge by Old Harry Rocks just after the drive down from London we enjoyed the dramatic scale of the coastal landscape surrounding us – humbled and freed simultaneously.

reflection: The moody overcast sky and the leaden tone of the ocean reminded me of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Seascapes – “Mystery of mysteries, water and air are right there before us in the sea. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing.” With Ben taking the photographer place on the cliff top, I could almost hear him think Sugimoto’s words (whilst I knew that he really wanted to be in the tiny boat below, taking pictures of the cliffs across the water).

connection: Seeing the alignments in this scene – the cliff top continued in the horizon of the sea, @ben.clarke leaning at the same angle as the cliff side and becoming the focal point of the composition of greys made me realize how much people can be in tune with their surroundings …and how important it is to get out of the big city every now and then, to reconnect, to recharge.

acknowledgment: Inside the mind and heart of photographer @elice_f
Location England.

Harmony is a beautiful balance between mind, body and soul measured in tender peaceful moments.
Melanie Koulouris

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