It’s confession time this month. The end of winter and start of spring comes with this weird in-between period where there’s not enough snow left to continue my skiing adventures, but it still rains to much or is even too cold to go out for extended motorcycle rides. So instead I think a lot, and meditate on the things I do in work and life. You should already know I’ve always claimed to not edit any of my photographic work. My photographs are the true shot as I saw it myself in real life on one of my many travels. Doing a black-and-white is about as far as I’ll go in terms of “editing”. That holds still true. I’m still a purist when it comes to photography, and I probably always will be. The real reason I’m a purist, is that I’m a photographer, not a graphic designer. Contrary to popular belief, those are two different things. Also, I’m horrible at using Photoshop. At least until now.
Sometimes you need to change things up a bit. Imagine you had two identical twin boys, who haven’t eaten for two days, and you put an apple in front of them; what would they do?
Most likely, they would fight over it, and the winner would eat, most or, all of the apple. You and I know they should divide it equally, but each of them has really felt starvation, and that is a reality you and I do not feel at the moment. So in the dispute about the apple we are not talking about two, but three legitimate points of view, that each becomes our own reality.
Meditation will allow your mind to see multiple points of view, without judgment. If you can see only one point of view, you haven’t meditated long enough. The best leaders, negotiators, and diplomats, know that you have to understand the opposing viewpoint, to move forward, on any issue. There is always justification, on both sides, in any conflict, but true compromise is meeting in a different reality, than you both started from.
In a way, that’s what I’ve attempted to do with my Inspirations collection. For a while, I left behind my dualistic view of graphic design and photography, and combined the two in my way, creating a unique work of art in the process. “Inspirations” consists of stunning artworks that are inspired on my original fine art photographs. I’m making them available to the public for a limited time only, so please explore the gallery while you can, as I might snap back to my “old” way of doing things soon…Explore the Inspirations gallery