Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I’ve only been on Ocracoke for one day and I already feel rejuvenated. What a wonderful and peaceful place this Island and Bed and Breakfast is. This morning after breakfast I spoke with another photographer staying at the inn who asked me to look at her work.
I was very impressed with here eye and selective focus minimalist style. My only criticism was that she had 2-3 different bodies of work in the one book and to consider expanding on each one of them. Most artists and image makers crave feedback. We love to share our work with others. It’s hard wired into our DNA. After I looked at Dawn’s work she gave me a print. How cool is that?
I went in to get my camera to take a photograph of her for the blog when all of a sudden Ann had her camera out and was taking photographs of me making a portrait of Dawn. Then I looked up and saw another woman at the window who was staying at the B&B taking photographs of all of us on the deck below. Magic always seems to happen when you get creative people together. Making photographs is a creative act and it is contagious. Needless to say it was a fun morning.
After a great fish sandwich at the Jolly Roger grill I went for a 8 mile bike ride on the bike path along the ocean. It got me thinking just how joyous it is to “be in the moment”. For the first time in a long while, I was totally PRESENT to that moment. I savored the cool breeze caressing my face, the muscles in my legs peddling the bike and the expansive flat landscape of the outer banks highway. That realization was like a mini epiphany. I felt totally alive with no thoughts or worries about the past or the present. Just that moment in time with sweat trickling down my forehead and the sun beating down on my head.
Why is it so difficult to stay in the present moment. I don’t know the answer. It may be because much of the time we are in places and situations we don’t want to be in. Needless to say it is a good feeling to have the awareness that it can be attained even if those moments are few and far between.
I am in the moment right now as I write in this journal sitting on a magenta picnic table in the backyard of this wonderful and peaceful B&B. I am accompanied by birds chirping, sounds of cars coming from the ferry and the clinging of dishes in Ann’s kitchen.
Journal Excerpt April 24, 2011
Ocracoke Nature Trail – Seeking the Light!
The maritime forest is a cacophony of sounds. Birds chirping, insects buzzing, leaves rustling in the breeze and the distant sound of the surf rhythmically washing up on the shore. Shimmering light and shadows everywhere. I feel like an impressionist painter with my camera in search of the perfect composition.
Making photographs is cleansing – healing and in some ways spiritual – at least to me. Its the creative act that brings me joy – that fulfills my innate desire to create something based on my personal vision, feelings and emotional state at any given moment in time. Getting that one great photograph that I’m truly happy with is like a little blessing.
As I was leaving for the ferry I noticed this guy with an amazing beard sitting by the side of the road in front of a surfboard rental place. I asked him if I could do his portrait and he agreed. His name is Bob and after taking a few photos of him I said thanks and headed off to catch my ferry. I felt as if his photo was the icing on the cake for my Easter Weekend R&R on Ocracoke.
Here are more photos (click to enlarge) taken on Ocracoke – most of them either on the beach or nature trail….
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.