Photos from the Forest

Without not knowing, there is no knowing. Answers need questions just as much as questions need answers.

All images Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

As a photographer I am lucky to live in a naturally gorgeous part of the world with beautiful friends who not only let me photograph them but actively ask for me to. I am a lucky lady and had a blast taking these photos recently down by a local swimming hole. Tanz you are one hot babe! Thanks a bunch x

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GRATITUDE

Today I am grateful. Actually most days, when I give myself time to reflect, I find myself truly grateful for many things. It is amazing how quickly you can transform your mind out of a negative downward spiral when you began to acknowledge those “things” in life that you are grateful for. It is one of the best ways to attract abundance into your life – realising your life is already abundant, perhaps just in ways you hadn’t given yourself time to pause and reflect upon.

Joy is inside you. Not in the attainment of things desired, nor in the achievement of goals made, but in the simple feeling that lies within you. Know that this joy is unaffected by outer circumstance and joy will be yours forever. – Author Unknown

My sister-in-law is American. Today for her (and many other Americans) is a special day. Thanksgiving. One of the few American celebrations we Australians have not yet adopted. I think it is a really nice thing to have a celebration for all that you’re grateful for. Especially in our modern society where so much gets taken for granted. I am a vegetarian, so no turkey for me. But in its place I will be partaking in a whole lotta gratitude!  Stephanie Noah (she’s my sister-in-law) I hope you have a fantastic Australian thanksgiving celebration and let me tell you now how grateful I am for having you in my life and for the sacrifices you have endured to live so far away from your land of birth to be with the one that you love. Big ups girlfriend! You rock!

So here is a quick list of some of the myriad of things that I am über grateful for………… love, health, my kids, my AMAZING friends and their beautiful families, the supportive community of Maleny in South East Queensland, Australia, the internet, my husband and his musically talented ways (you can check him out here if you’re feeling a tad curious), Africa and the connection I have to that place in all of its dysfunction and glory and unrelenting happiness, good coffee, the recent rain that took our tank from a slush pile of leaves to a lush reserve of water for our daily use, the ocean, photography – without which the creativity would not have a visual way out, poetry, and those who read it, the blog sphere my newest addiction, chocolate, myself and my ability to be an absolute idiot and not give a rat’s ass (this is somewhat dependent on the company I’m in but I’m working on that not being a factor).
That’ll do for now otherwise it may never end.

Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives and set our priorities on the basis of that.  – Author Unknown

Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

Go and write down 10 “things” that you are grateful for. My bet is that you will easily find more than 10. Big love x

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Island Time

Morning observations –

Bird noises

Are different

Few people shower

As soon as they wake when camping

Husband still sleeping

After a night of silence

Though I reckon his mind was on overdrive

I put mine to bed

Well before he his.

On this,

Our last day

The sun is beaming

Much earlier than it has been

We can blame the lack of clouds for that.

I have learned to enjoy cups of tea

That are no longer hot.

It’s just life. Evocative and evolving”     Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Beautiful Belly – Pregnancy Photos

We’re pretty lucky that we got these shots at all. This bubba decided he wanted to arrive a little earlier than expected. 6 weeks early to be precise!

Bless this beautiful couple and their gorgeous little man that is happy and healthy and growing wonderfully. Thanks for being so easy going in front of the camera. Now to get some photos of the little man……

Photos of Baby Naming Ceremony

Quote from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

All images Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

I was invited to photograph a baby naming ceremony in a bamboo forest recently. It was an honour to be a part of. Ritual is scarce in our modern western world and this day was beautiful to behold. The bamboo forest where it was held is in Crystal Waters Eco-Village in the south-east Queensland, Australia and boasts many varieties of bamboo. I am hoping to organise to take more photos in that idyllic setting soon. Thank you to the gorgeous families who shared such a precious day with me.

Photographic Quotes and Links

The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker, reconnoitring, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes” – Susan Sontag, On Photography

The Delight Of Seeing is a fantastic photographic blog with posts of everything and anything photographic. Amazing source of information and more importantly, inspiration.

The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera” – Dorothea Lange

Who also is quoted saying:

For me documentary photography is less a matter of subject and more a matter of approach. The important thing is not what’s photographed, but how….. My own approach is based upon three considerations. First – hands off! Whatever I photograph I do not molest or tamper with or arrange. Second – a sense of place. Whatever I photograph I try to picture as part of its surroundings, as having roots. Third – a sense of time. Whatever I photograph I try to show as having its position in the past or in the present. But beyond these three things, the only thing I keep in mind is that – well, there it is, that quotation, pinned up on my darkroom door:

The contemplation of things as they are

without error or confusion

without substitution or imposture

is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

– Francis Bacon

Magnum Photo Essays–  Beautiful and dramatic photographic narratives.

David Birkin – Hold – One of many of his stirring photographic essays.

All images copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

These Boots They Roar

Don’t you get that I don’t want to wait for you

That you have your own inner compass and do not need me to direct you

And no longer will I

Draw maps, give directions – detailed or not

Point you towards due north

I have stepped over the line and into my power

These boots they roar

These boots they wait for no one

Anyway anyhow.

I get it now

Like I never have before

That my helping you isn’t helping you

That I cannot

No matter how large and true my intention

I cannot do for you that which you must do for yourself

You too have boots that roar

You need only find the ones that fit

Step over your line

Into your boots

By yourself

For yourself

With yourself

Ready

Willing

Able

Not waiting, roaring.

Not Waiting Anyway Anyhow.
Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

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