I had a wonderful vacation with my family this summer. It was so refreshing to get away from our day-to-day lives and spend time in nature. As I took photographs during our vacation, I was drawn to a style of photography that I had not used in a long time. Several years ago, as a fine art photographer, I worked on a series of images that I referred to as, “Natural Abstractions.” I was using images from nature to create abstract photographs and question the representational nature of photography itself. It was a very energizing and creative project for me and I loved making the photos in a black and white darkroom.
I present here some images, with quotes from the Tao Te Ching, that harken back to that photographic project I worked on several years ago. I hope you enjoy them. For me, they are Reiki reflections on life, nature, and the essence of being human.
May you be well and filled with peacefulness.
“When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.” *
and everything will fall into place.” *
“Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.” *
*from Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey, by Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell