When did you last just look at somebody with such a wonder and innocence like this boy? Just showing the other one your smile and your loving personality? We kind of lose that as we grow older. Magical things will happen though when we decide to do this very thing and to return the smile with a look of love and compassion back.
Up to a wonderful 2018!
I recently started a photography project in the Bos & Lommer district in Amsterdam, the city where I live. I offer my neighbours a free portrait session. As I moved to Amsterdam just a year ago, this gives me the opportunity to get to know my neighbours better and to hone my photography skills, especially portraits. The reactions have been great so far; people are genuinely grateful to have some nice pictures taken and furthermore, every foto shoot is a moment of connection between strangers too and that remains something really special. Take for example Vladimir with his dog Timo. Meeting Vladimir was wonderful and meeting Timo meant seeing a dog just happy to be alive. Dogs just give, that’s all they do. Timo leaving his footprint on my jeans did connect me with the following quote I read this morning:
Start today – give, give, give – time, energy, assistance, care, co-operation. On how many levels do you see the opportunity to give? It’s good to be a ‘just do it’ person. Even better to be a ‘just give it’ person. And the paradox will make itself known – when you give you will realise you already have everything you need.
I alway shoot in the RAW format. I makes shooting kind of sketching; just the outlines of the composition and the subject are important. With the latitude you’ve got with shooting RAW, adjusting the picture to your liking is something you do in post. However, when I recently got invited to a photo contest, I was forced to shoot in Jpeg because you had to deliver the photo’s at the end of the day to the jury. It forced me to take some test shots with the M9 around my apartment the day before. I actually like the result and have set my M8 (which is known for its excellent B/W pictures, hence its name “poor man’s Monochrom) and will take it out for a test-drive soon.
Just like his mother he just loves to dress up 🙂
Turned inwards to look outside
Reflecting on thoughts
Sometimes with a hazy view
Ending with a clear insight
To be connected again.
Into the night
Beams of light and falling rain
Light that cast shadows
Lines that meet and move away
I take a last look before I move on
Feeling the weight of my camera
My hand holding it, caressing it
A feeling of just knowing
That what is, is just right.
Into the night we go.
Shuffling through the night
Assimilating with the shadows and lights
Moving between what is to be seen and only to be felt.
Life is about play, love and connection.
I volunteer at a bio organic farm as a documentary photographer. A lovely family with a dedication and a work ethic which blows me away every time I am at the farm. I experience quite some stress at my work at this moment which means that today when the sun is shining, I am behind my Macbook working on the Q4 goals of the company. I have canceled the appointment with my brother and his wife, but allowed myself to write this blogpost in order to relax and to keep the creativity flowing.
My workload is nothing compared to that of the farmers. While I am still able to workout, take photographs and meditate twice a day, they have to find refuge in the small things. While we took the cows to the barn, Monique the farmer’s wife, said something very profound while looking at the sun, hands raised to the sky: THIS is my daily meditation’.
This picture I took yesterday resonates strongly with the point I try to make. Most precious things in life are often small and entwined with all the necessary things. Keep light-hearted and be grateful for what you have.
“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.