As many of you know I started a Weekly Walk in January to make a connection with my surroundings. Sam and I have been house sitting in various locations since we left Aurum Lodge in November where we were artists in residence. The weekly walks let me explore the area around the house sitting locations and discover visual surprises by using the ‘gift of paying attention‘ (something that’s hard for guys to do!)
In February we continued our house and pet sitting in Bragg Creek, Alberta. One of the two dogs that we were pet sitting happened to cut her paw and required vet care. This meant three weeks of rehab and care for the dog. Needless to say my weekly walks were less about photography and more about walking and caring for the dogs (which was totally fine by me). Fortunately, Sam and I could shift off the duties. Thanks Sam!
Sometimes as artists we are less productive and need ‘internal processing’ time. For me, February was less about getting out and taking pictures and more about trying out other art forms. Samantha and I experimented with drawing and painting and I spent time playing guitar and composing music. I find that concentrating on other art forms helps my photography when I return to it (which I always do). And so, my February walks yielded little in the way of photos, but I sure had a great time producing new kinds of art and being in nature and absorbing the experience. I know the muse ebbs and flows and spending time worrying about my level of inspiration is a waste. Art comes internally, it can’t be forced and I have learned to allow myself to produce through creative feast and creative famine. I am finding now in March a recharged creative interest in photography!
My interests in photography keep moving from the big grand landscape and theatrical light to more abstract imagery. And so the few photos I made in February were about this ‘quiet vision’