it’s that moment I move the final piece of the puzzle into place…
~Erin’s creative process~
observation: This piece was born out of a brilliantly sunny summer day, birds chirping, trumpet vines flourishing outside my bedroom window, inspiring a desire to make something new.
reflection: As I reflect on my process, no matter how ethereal or whimsical the outcome might seem, I have to admit that the act of creating a piece like this is far from calming… it involves intense focus and trial and error that can be rather maddening. Leaves that dry, flowers that wilt, window light that fades and shifts, all adding tension as I hurry to take advantage of that small window of creative opportunity. But it’s that moment I move the final piece of the puzzle into place, that moment when it finally feels right to me… that’s the moment I begin to achieve calmness. The act of capturing that “rightness” in a photograph, preserving the moment of calm and orderliness allows me to feel a little peace.
connection: There’s ultimately a deeper connection to whatever I’ve created when I know it connects with someone else… while I do create to satisfy myself, I can’t deny the appeal of knowing something I’ve created speaks to another person.
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I was glad I decided to venture out with friends…
observation: As I looked around lake crushman it was quite and no one was really there. The fog was slowly creeping down the from the hill. I was glad I decided to venture out with friends.
reflection: I often find myself living this fast paced life. I think as an American it’s something you strive for because it gives a sense of importance. I was happy to slow down for a moment to be still.
connection: At the end of most of my days I try to slow down and count my blessings. I acknowledge the hard and good parts of my days. I’m reminded to slow down and enjoy.
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Stillness. And a sense of peace.
Staring back at me…as I glanced from the car window….this quiet, monochrome scene. Water and sky, almost horizonless (love when that happens). So quiet and peaceful in the morning’s leftover fog. As if it weren’t real. As if it were a painting hiding behind the curtain of its otherwise hectic surroundings. Inviting only those in who were keen enough to notice, to share in its quiet moment. A calmversation if you will. A much needed calmversation…
And that I did! Turned the car right around. Parked, got out and took a nice strong sniff of the thick salt air. I walked to the edge of the dock, staring out into the distance. Then looking down to the water as still as glass. So beautiful and calm. The decaying remnants of the dock piles so signature to this area, have my imagination wandering. The fog had already lifted more then I’d hoped, but after a long hard night at work and a tough morning, standing there, just being still for a moment, looking out at the calm water was very therapeutic. And just what I needed!
However, this feeling was apparently not shared by the gentlemen who I had with me, who was still in the front seat… “can we go now?” And stated that it looked boring … to each his own!! Aaaaaahhh.…
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it comes in the calm and the simple, gently drapes itself over the mountains in our lives, calls us to take in a deep breath of fresh air and gives us the courage to keep moving forward
observation: It was an ordinary, everyday moment – we were in the car on our way to get ice cream as a family on a summer evening. We came over the hill and all took in our breath when we saw the low clouds draping themselves over the mountain and wafting along the ridge.
reflection: Beauty and peace in the simplest of moments.
connection: Grace. For me it comes from Above, but wherever Grace may be found it comes in the calm and the simple, gently drapes itself over the mountains in our lives, calls us to take in a deep breath of fresh air and gives us the courage to keep moving forward.
Location: New York
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A simple thankfulness from @onceuponatimeinvancouver
observation: Standing on the squishy sand during sunrise at White Rock Beach, I saw a slightly different angle of the water, sky and pier than I’m accustomed to. As it was low tide I was able to walk past the rocks that hinder access to this spot of the beach. The tiny puddles filled with soft colours from little breaks in the clouds were welcoming me to get a closer look at this moment of beauty.
reflection: In the subtlety of this Monday morning I was reminded of my class lectures about being mindful of our thoughts. A particular thing stuck out in my mind: my professor, Dr. Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi, had said that we are the mindset we subscribe to; if we don’t like what we see, just change the subscription.
connection: In the rut of a busy week and a culture that claws down on Mondays, I felt a simple thankfulness to be where I was. This chance to have a more intimate grasp of the water that I have been visiting since childhood awoke in me a realization of the ease with which we are able to transform into a more pleasant way of being and feeling…even on a Monday.
See more thoughts and images care of Navroop @onceuponatimeinvancouver
Location: White Rock, BC.
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