Wednesday, August 24, 2011

the space between


Negative. Positive. Lifting up. Weighting down. We all know which one we'd rather have. In fact, I'd say many of us spend more time than we're willing to admit in a mental battle with the lesser thoughts inside our heads, longing for happier, lighter ones. I know I do, and I attempt to find relief by taking notes on what tricks work and which ones don't. In the end, it all comes down to my awareness of the world surrounding me. It's a balancing act, an attempt at something greater, leading me in the direction I seek. But what if I could put my mind on autopilot and stop the mental chatter? What if I could turn something negative around and make it positive? It's possible, and I've found that by picking up my camera and focusing on the present moment, I see simply what's in front of me. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Amidst the typical chaos that envelops our lives, finding a clearing, or rather opening a space within ourselves, can be tough. There's so much going on! But when we record this in an image, its easy to see. In its own mysterious way, negative space gives our eye a place to go, relaxing our outlook, restoring our senses. It calms the mind and soothes the spirit. So whether its a city scene at twilight or autumnsun08's fig sitting on a windowsill, through these visuals, we have the ability to transform meaning. And this power can extend into other aspects of our worlds healing those fractures within us. We take a deep breath, compose the image and then click, altering our reality. Negative space. Positive bliss.

How have you transformed your world lately?

Holly { soupatraveler }

sun spot
sun spot by autumnsun08

17 comments:

Christian said...

Wow. This is my daily struggle! I find when I'm taking pictures or sewing the chatter is quieted. If only temporarily, it gives me a break, which we all need. Lovely post and beautiful pictures!

Chelsea said...

Holly what a powerful post. I think that photography has given me this amazing gift as well...it calms me, it focuses me, it clears my mind. Beautiful photos and beautiful words! XO

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Wonderful post. xo tam

esra said...

what a beautiful post...Loved reading your words. And the images are so lovely.

Tina Louise said...

I love it!!!

I am itching to pick up my camera as well again and do something daily. I think it will help get my "groove" back. :)

Janet said...

Holly, beautiful job. You are a good writer as well as a good photographer. Yeah, these negative voices are not a good thing, and they are not telling you the truth. You're off to a great start.

Ashley Sisk said...

WOW - what a thought provoking post. Wonderful.

Kirstin said...

Positive bliss indeed. x

Christina said...

i love the mood of this!
xo

thingstotendto said...

just loved reading your (very relatable) thoughts. and the fig! gorgeous.

urban muser said...

beautiful words today holly. well done!!

This Moment said...

Such beautiful photos--both so peaceful to me.
Great work!

Jill
(from Flying Lessons)

Oliag said...

Beautiful words on photography and how it calms and centers you....For me it is way to "gather" in my memories andthoughts as well...Love these photos!

SuperDewa said...

Beautifully said. Beautiful photos.

Kat Sloma said...

Such lovely words and beautiful photos Holly!

Gilly said...

Really thoughtful post, Holly, and lovely images too.

leighlovedesign said...

I totally agree with picking up your camera and focusing on the present moment. I struggle daily with being present. There are so many distractions for the thoughts in my head as you described to the disruption caused by all the technology around us (facebook, iphone, etc..). I'm learning to live more in the moment each day and photography is helping me do just that.

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