Life imitates art. Or is it the other way around?
We see what we see. What our eye tells us is there.
When we allow our imagination bring to life its mysteries... THAT's when our seeing can mesmerize.
Images like the above rusting, industrial fan blade from a salvage yard in Otto, North Carolina are artistic revelations.
Surprising to me--the same as I hope they'll be to viewers.
I didn't begin the day looking for something this off-the-grid. And yet...
I'd been working all month on capturing the native Clematis growing nearer my world back in Atlanta
Is that why I was the only one transfixed by the lines and highlights and vivid hues of that rusty metal?
The elegant, almost feminine curves?
For years I've heard people say things like, "You see the things you do because you're an artist. I'm not."
Or is the opposite more likely.
That the fact that I stop and stare and wonder at the obscure, the "irrelevant" detail, the unnecessary beauty in something rusty and tossed away for scrap that has led me to become an artist--so I might help others connect with their own inner wonder?
That's become the overriding goal of my writing and now my photography.
What do you see?
How can sharing it benefit the world around you?
It's amazing motivation--to embark upon every day looking, eager to experience whatever your journey will bring to you.
It's a humbling experience, how much of what becomes meaningful to you is being ushered into your path because of your eagerness to know and see and be inspired.
Anyone can do that, my friends.
We're all artists at heart.
So many amazing voices and "lenses' in this world come and go without being engaged.
Respond to inspiration.
Being open and receptive of happenstance.
Like my compulsion to stop and shoot something--not knowing why until I get it home and realize how well it fits into whatever else I've been working on.
Never stop looking and believing there's more to see just below the surface of whatever's caught your eye.
Especially now, our world needs more artists and seers and dreamers of dreams.
"Today's Lens," is my living wish that you'll join the clan of the the distracted, the crazy, the slightly "off," who walk in everyday realms of the fantastic...
And then find a way to share those visions with a world starving for creativity and the healing power of art.