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. 

SOMW Dec 2018_45th Parallel_Natasha Sanchez.jpg

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.

SOMW_Dec2018_OffCenteredCross_Natasha Sanchez.jpg

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

Betty the Bullhorn: All You Need To Shout Is Love


Betty the Bullhorn has long focused her platform on Free Speech as a means to individual self-worth, self-respect, and ultimately, to social change. However in a society that seems to place a higher value on fear rather than truth, Betty the Bullhorn has decided to channel her Inner Sherlock Holmes and get to the root (truth) of society's problems, and that root is....love. 


Betty & Love on Magazine   2012


Love is even the basis for Free Speech. Before we have the desire to Shout Out for the causes we care about, 

Betty loves Desire  2012


there's love - its the very opposite of what fuels our society's problems, fear.


Betty & a Heart   2012


Betty's investigations determined that this deterrent to fear -  love – well, its everywhere, just not widely acknowledged.  It lurks about in the most unexpected of places…

Betty - Lookin' for Love in all the Right Places   2012

Betty's Cools her Burning Heart    2012



Yet plenty of people are shoutin' out about it! 

Betty on Freret St       2012



Betty - Love is the Answer    2012


A fear-driven economy and a fear-fueled violent society is not acceptable to a bullhorn like Betty.  So, Betty has deduced that if you want to live in a safe, peaceful, and loving environment, then perhaps we could all channel our Inner Mahatma Gandhi, and "Be the Change You Want To See in the World".   Stop the Fear and Share the Love.  Betty will do her part to help spread the World, I mean, Word...

Betty - Love One Another   2012



Share the Love and Shout It Out!! 

- Betty the Bullhorn

(photgraphed & managed by Natasha Sanchez www.nattie-concepts.com)



Stay Tuned for a new World Tour blog post  COMING SOON!!!