The State of My World, December 2018: Balance

Some thoughts on the state of my  world/brain as a ‘nother year comes to a close..

 My photographic and musical journey began around the turn of the century (I love saying that, haha) nearly 20 years ago.  Like millions of my fellow artists in the world, I’ve spent much of the time since then creating works, navigating the medium(s), the business, the clients, the mission, and at times, my life.   When I can.  

 This year I knew it was time to simplify things and create more calm instead of more craziness. Its easy to get pulled in a kajillion directions especially when you practice more than one art form (fave quote that I often quote by Joseph Campbell:   “"the form is secondary, the message is whats important”) Before I knew it, I was randomly seeing whales on the East Coast and whales on the West Coast.  I randomly visited Salem in Massachusetts and then Salem in Oregon. I drove past “New” Salem in the Midwest.   All of this geographic symmetry happened naturally and unbeknownst to me at the start of the year, balance was/is the key.

(and apparently, Salem, haha…insert upside down emoji HERE)

 To celebrate this newfound state of equipoise, I photographed the sign at the 45th parallel near Salem, Oregon. 

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to photograph in Salem Proper, but true to World Tour form, I was drawn to a church.  At first because of its cool sign, but as I got closer there was something else that caught my attention. I had come to Salem to photograph balance (the 45th parallel sign) which I did, but I also found an off centered, unbalanced cross on the façade of the church and somehow everything just seemed right (aka balanced) b/c that’s just life.  Things can’t be  centered/balanced until you know that they aren’t.

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When I think of the craziness I was trying to calm another fave quote by my fave fictional character, Sherlock Holmes comes to mind:  “You are too bound by forms, Watson”.   And coming back full circle to Campbell, I realize that balance, and calm, comes from focusing on the message rather than focusing on the craziness of the form, that’s true of any situation. Hoping to keep that mindset strong going forward.

 (Random fun fact: I just bought New Balance running shoes. That’s just irrelevant yet relevant lagniappe but I just realized that too, haha.) 

Anyhoo, tip of the hat to 2018, and looking forward to 2019, wherever the road leads and all the good books I shall read.  

Happy New Year.


all content (c) Natasha Sanchez

www.natashasanchezcreates.com

Get Lost! (sometimes we just need to get away)

 I used to have a "Get Lost" gallery on my other site, filled with images of places where I could travel in my mind when I needed to get away - the forest, the river, the Fly, the lake, the sidewalk, the side of the road, etc..  I'd been thinking about bringing that gallery back, and there's no time like the present.  This time I've included a glass of wine(insert upside down emoji Here).  The gallery is filled with new/old images (some are already featured in collections on my website) of our world.   I wanted to put them in a place to be viewed collectively in case anyone else just needed to get away for a bit. Given the political and social climate we live in, I think that need is becoming more and more prevalent each and every day. 


So "getting lost" isn't escaping, its recharging.  Its taking care of ourselves so that we can take better care of others.  And that's what the world needs right now.    My thought is that by recharging ourselves, breaking away from the oh-so-popular "us and them" mentality and connecting with the notion that there is "us" and there is "the earth" and we are all part of it and in it together,   creates a larger and more peaceful world for ourselves and others.  These are images from one world, yet all different places, linked by water, sky and color. Two of my favorite images are the Land & Sky image from St. Augustine, if you look towards the pier you see a Tiny Person in Big World, and the Tiny Planets image where we see just how small our big world is.  Feel free to take a gander, a deep breath, lower your blood pressure and calm your mind, or just look at some purty pics if thats more your thing.  haha.  

(P.S. I'm already thinking of Get Lost: The Forest Edition)

***  If you are interested in purchasing any of these images, I've created a Small Shoppe and am offering 8x10 fine art prints for $50. If you are interested in another size feel free to contact me for sizes and pricing info ***

Happy Travels and I hope that you...get lost.  haha. 

~ Natasha

 

all content (c) Natasha Sanchez 2017        

www.natashasanchezcreates.com