The luminous presence of a Hellebore
Another year is drawing to its end.
As I look back, I have been wondering how I could make my life simpler.
I have been musing on this for some time now.
How to simplify my everyday life.
I often seek out visual simplicity.
Could I not do this in each moment - even when there seem to be so many things
demanding my attention?
When I look through the viewfinder of my camera,
I seek to strip away the superfluous and capture the essential.
I know what I want to include and what I wish to exclude.
I ask myself:
what draws me in?
What touches my heart?
Do I get an emotional response?
What goes deeper than just a pretty picture?
A tiny rosebud on my rose-bush, unable to open because of the cold
but which unfurled its tiny petals in the warmth of my apartment.
is not just a rose
it's sometimes a little messenger
leading us to contemplation.
You may well ask,
why show a part of a crane?
Does it fit in with flowers and bells
and all things pretty?
This image speaks to me, it draws me in
and lifts me up above the normal admiring attention I might give
to a classical and beautiful scene.
It carries me beyond the surface of beauty.
It makes me stop and observe for a long moment.
I see colours and shapes
I see balance
I feel equilibrium.
There is something more to this than meets the eye.
It brings me into the moment
where all else just falls away!
As Christmas approaches,
there is a desire to create.
Simple shapes attract me
and using the colours that speak to me in the moment.
Seeking simplicity in all things
and remembering that
Less is often more!
The pretty star pattern was generously given by
Another link you may wish to check out, and which has been a source of inspiration to me,
is a photographic gathering for the whole month of December
organized by Kim Manley Ort
and which goes under the title of