“The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the ‘all seeing eye’ pierces through, and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect. —Mark Twain”
I know a few people in my inner circle who have a sixth sense, a sense that goes beyond the five senses we all know we have. In decision-making, they often rely on their intuition, dreams and messages from realms other than what we can perceive with our 5 senses. I have not always fully understood their decisions, but honestly that is because I was using my rational mind and emotions. Nevertheless, it always left me in awe. Having said that, everybody has had experiences which are similar but are perceived as more ‘accidental’ like serendipity, telepathy and plain ‘gut feeling’. I surely have.
Wanting to take the plunge into having a true meditation routine instead of a more ‘hop on hop off’ routine, I recently joined a spiritual community and through this community I got into the third eye meditation. When I started to read about the third eye, the non physical eye between the eyebrows which actualy is the pineal gland, I quickly recognised the talents of these high sensitive people, but also that the things I struggle most with, have everything to do with a closed third eye. It just clicked. I have learned that everybody is born with an open third eye (hence the psychic capabilities of small children), but with a few people it does not close as they surpass the age of five. Also that, by meditating while focusing on your third eye, you can actually open the third eye. I already have had some very strong sensations during meditation. The meditations in both the early morning and evening are not only wonderful moments in their own right, but the more meditative state you are in between the meditations is what makes the difference. Furthermore, I have a way stronger recollection of my dreams. Truly amazing.
In closing; when I thought about writing this blog post and what image to use, something else fell in place. I have always talked about photography as being in a meditative state, having an extra sense for special moments. It is these times that I am fully relaxed, in the moment and expressing my true self and creativity. I call my camera’s my soulmates. I immediately thought about this image with a voice inside my head saying: the lens…thàt is your third eye’. Ajna Chakra.
Endlessly he practised his tricks on the skateboard while chatting to his friend. I just had to snap it!
I am not a big fan of putting the leaping jaguar statue on modern Jaguar cars, but sometimes it can result in a nice picture like this one. As I was walking through the pouring rain of The Hague, I was totally silent and in the moment. I felt the raindrops penetrating my clothes. I heard how they made a ticking noise on my umbrella. I smelled the wet streets and the leaves of the trees. The streets were empty, because well, who wants to take a walk with this weather? I was. My destination the tip of my nose. The bag I carry my camera in had become soaked but be being of military grade quality (bought in a military dump shop in Berlin), I did not worry about my dear camera and lenses. I hesitated for a short moment when I saw the Jaguar, because I had to take out the Leica and take a picture while holding the umbrella. I had this look in my mind and just had to take this picture. Follow your minds eye, right? The last couple of weeks I have posted some post that are quite reflective and spiritual, so I won’t go that route this time to keep this blog random as it is intended to be. Having said that, the strong leaping gesture of the Jaguar through the rain resonates with the coping with life’s obstacles and being true to your unique essence :-).
Up to the next destination.
We all make mistakes. We all waste resources. We waste our words, our energy and our time until we pause and think deeply about what matters in our life. When we hold on tight to our views, the mind shrinks and smothers any power to love. In that state, the soul can’t breathe new energy into a situation – and everyone loses-Brahma Kumaris
To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves—our past actions, speech, and thoughts—and to create a fresh beginning within ourselves and in our relationships with others.-Thich Nhat Hanh
This is awesome: I got interviewed by the renowned Dutch Leica photographer Joeri van der Kloet. Joeri is a friend of me too, so that’s a double whammy eh? No featured photograph this time….just check out the interview 😉
Expressing your love for someone in a way that gives full meaning to what you actually feel on a soul level other than with your touch, is impossible.As I expressed in this post, be able to connect to your soul and someone else’s, enables you to experience life beyond the perceptions made by your mind’s ego.I follow guided soul meditations for some time now for that very reason, but recently got the insight that my love for children is the way my soul is expressing itself at its strongest.Every day I get moved by something I see in a child.The sheer innocence and the playful nature of a child really moves me.This can be a child of a stranger, a child of a loved one and of course my very own daughter.This picture I took from my daughter just a few days ago, is a picture she does not like that very much…but I do.I resonates strongly with what she means to me.One of my favourite guitarists Harry Sacksioni has the gift to transcend the love for his daughter into a truly moving piece of music.As he explains (in Dutch), before playing the song in this video, he composed the music when his daughter Jessa was barely out of the womb. Amazingly but actually not surprisingly, the character of the song totally matches the character of his daughter.
The picture you are looking at, is one of an old Mercedes Benz Estate (a W123-T to be precise). It is being used as a daily driver by one of my neighbours in Amsterdam and was parked just around the corner when it caught my eye. Battered and used, with quite a lot ‘patina’ (well, dents and rust to be honest), but revealing a beauty many vintage cars can have. Bathing in the evening light, certain details just caught my attention. Like this detail, shot wide open with the Summilux lens…smooth as silk.
You find yourself in a strange dynamic being a Leica shooter. One day you are being envied and seen as a snob who has spend too much money on a camera that lacks so many features other camera’s have, the other day you are being praised for your pictures you take with it. We live in an era in which the camera itself is a statement and fashion item too, beside being just a tool for creating art of capturing moments. For some people, owning a particular camera seems to be more important than actually shooting with it. I’d guess that’s all right too…whatever floats your boat. Instagram is flooded with ‘eye candy’; just pictures of Leica’s, but also other brands, instead of pictures taken with the camera. Being a substantial financial investment (hence the second hand option I took), it attracts both haters and lovers of the brand and for different reasons. I try not to identify too much with the gear I use, but having said that…..I actually do. I do but more in the sense that this type of camera make me feel they are my soul mates. Not to state something pompously, but the less is more approach of the Leica brand really resonates with me. They really are an extension of my eyes, heart and soul. Stripping the camera of all of the non-essentials enables me to focus (not pun intended) on the key points of my photography: seeing and capturing. I recently saw two Youtube video’s, in which both the M8 and M9 are being praised, despite being ‘old’ and ‘lacking’ or expensive. It prompted me to write this comment:
Hi Mattias, thanks for the effort you have put in this video and the one the M8. It strongly resonates with how I feel using my M8 and M9 (both second hand bought). In this age of ‘low light madness’ and the need for having a camera that does it all (including video), it is refreshing to hear somebody talk about these two camera’s and their specific qualities. What I like the most about using these kind of camera’s, besides obvious things like the IQ, handling, manual focusing and build quality, is ‘the less is more’ approach of Leica. The very reason I still shoot analog besides digital. This makes it not a camera for every one, but if it is it…..it surely becomes a soul mate of you and technical specs will soon be irrelevant :-). You can check out my pictures at http://vincentvankleef.wixsite.com/lightonlight . Cheers, Vincent
Till next time, thanks for reading this post. 🙂