Contemplative, Photography

Contemplative Photography

“Life is simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time” Thomas Merton

My dad taught me an appreciation for nature while working in the garden on Saturdays and on Sunday afternoon walks. I went to university and learned about plants and genetics and I was a plant breeder for a while. I am in awe of creation and the myriad of intricacies that exist.

I still love gardening and walking. I am also contemplative. For the most part my pictures are taken outside where I find plenty of metaphors that comment on life. I always carry my camera so that I can capture those moments that speak to me. I love how photography lets me express myself without words. I have a webpage as part of an online photography group.

My photographic journey started off with the family’s Brownie camera when I was about 14 years old. My first salary cheque I spend entirely on an Olympus Trip 35 – I was definitely hooked! I joined camera clubs along the way: Bethlehem and Florida (both in South Africa) and Halton Hills (Ontario, Canada). In 2017 I took an online photography course (Michigan University) and also held my first show called “The Joy of Creation”. This year I hope to learn more about what it means to be a Fine Art Photographer from Sylvia Galbraith.

I picked these three pictures for a series called “See-Through”: You can see through glass, water and ice. Transcend barriers. Go on the journey and see it through.

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Rain and Tears – This picture was taken on a rainy day in my front yard. Even though I left The Netherlands when I was only 4 months old, I always have Dutch curtains. Looking from the outside in.

River Dance – The leaves look so joyful going for the ride of their lives. Not attached to a tree anymore and free to go where adventure leads. Have courage and take the plunge. Go for the ride.

Genesis – Light is shining through the ice revealing the last breath of a dying leaf. This leaf will feed a new season’s growth. Every ending is the start of a new beginning.

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3 thoughts on “Contemplative Photography”

  1. Photography is a journey of our lives for sure. My wife is the photographer for our adventures and her pictures capture not simply a scene, but the essence or spirit of that moment.

    I love the honesty of your blog, so I’ve nominated you for a “Solidarity Blogging Award.” Congrats.

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