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.
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.
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.
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