Natural Beauty.

 

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Inspired by the beautiful photographs taken by Hans Silvester of the people from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. It was an idea that was thought about on and off for months. I have been constantly looking around, especially when I’m driving, for striking bits of flora that I thought would be suitable. The shoot had to be rearranged a couple of times so flowers I originally thought of using were no longer available by the time we got around to taking the photos. The day itself was all very “organic”. It flowed so nicely from the picking and collecting of all the flora on my way to Sally’s (everything was picked and created that morning), to the capturing these beautiful images.

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Many thanks to mother nature for the ever bountiful array of beautiful flora. Also to the lovely Sally for being a most gracious and cooperative model who could see my vision and totally helped me bring it to reality. Thanks to Bec for the black backdrop….. we were originally going to shoot these all outside more akin to Hans Silvester’s images  but I am glad we didn’t. This is far more striking.

 

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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

Inspiration. Lost and Found.

So after my last post I am happy and a little excited about finding my mojo again so quickly. My inspiration, motivation and discipline had gone walk about for a little hiatus only to return just when I needed them most. We embraced warmly and then went inside for bikkies and tea. So in honour of their return this here post is all about inspiration and what inspires me.

Lovely Vision

From the pits of what I think was despair

Overwhelmed by it all

I now find myself

Ecstatic

Small moments of pure

Elation

Just being

Loving

Living

Loving

Life

There is beauty in the everyday

In close to every way

Blinding light

Follows blinding dark

Stop looking

and you will see

My vision restored

If only momentarily.

Music that inspires – Ben Howard-Only Love , Kings of Leon-End, Flying Lotus-Tealeaf Dancers, Didier Squiban-Molene, Xavier Rudd-Follow the Sun

Photographers I love – Katrin Koenning, Trente Parke, Mischa Keijser, Iain McKell

Books that I inhale (sometimes more than once) – The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – a man before his time. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – this lady can write! Anything by Isabel Allende – This woman can write! The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander – This book will change your life!

There are so many areas that I draw inspiration from that I will touch on in another blog in the future. For now, check out some or all of the above to give you an inspired day…. one step at a time into an inspired existence. Big love.

Be yourself and inspire others.