Unlock My Mind
I hope we are all staying safe and well in these difficult times. Here in England we are enjoying the lifting of some restrictions after such a long and difficult winter. I ventured out for a walk along my local high street yesterday just to see what was going on and found myself in our little bookshop trying to remember the art of 'browsing' physical things rather than virtual pages. A lengthy discussion with the shop owner followed as we swapped stories about the joys (or not!) of shopping online… it was lovely to have a happy conversation with someone I'd never met before!
Lots of creativity this month but I will focus this blog on a new series of work using a single image as a starting point. Given that the use of a 'single image' is my own rule, I have allowed myself to break it by using 2 very similar source files as it gave me a little more scope to play.
The Raw Files
As with much (most?) of my work I am starting with a window. A simple pane of glass within a solid wall, or a portal between 2 completely different worlds?
This series uses the window as a metaphor for when we are prevented from moving freely between these spaces as we choose, when that choice is taken away from us for what ever reason. This concept applies equally to the physical world around us and the universe within, arguably much more powerful and complex. How do we feel when our ability to move freely within our internal space is restricted? When we get stuck in a 'frame of mind' which we can't (or won't) escape, when we put bars on our windows.
When researching these concepts I came across a short poem by the Greek Poet, Constantine P. Cavafy which sums up how we can get stuck in a space of own making...
In these darkened rooms, where I spend oppressive days, I pace to and fro to find the windows.
When a window opens, it will be a consolation. But the windows cannot be found, or I cannot find them.
And maybe it is best that I do not find them. Maybe the light will be a new tyranny.
Who knows what new things it will reveal.
Unlock My Mind
Working on this series has been rewarding as well as thought-provoking. I definitely allowed myself to get 'stuck' over the dark winter months. The world was truly on fire and focusing on simple things had to be the priority. Looking back, this was my only option. It's time to put that behind me and to look forward with excitement and happiness. Finding the fun in everything has to be the name of the game now...
As always, I would love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment if you have time, I will always reply.
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As always, your blog is thought provoking and inspiring. I’ve recently completely Doug and Valda’s Cultivating Creating workshop which I found completely fascinating and exhausting. One of the others on the workshop produced a project titled Acedia, a term none of us had heard of. It’s an old word which basically means a state of listlessness caused by ‘confinement’ that had gone out of use but has come back due to the pandemic. Fascinating.
Love your images by the way 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to post a comment… it’s much appreciated.
Really glad you enjoyed the CC workshop – I felt the same way about it – a complete roller coaster and thoroughly exhausting throughout. It changed my photography hugely so definitely worth the journey!
And yes, I think this pandemic is throwing up all sorts of words to describe feelings which we weren’t particularly aware of or exposed to for such a long time. Let’s hope as time moves on they fade away as life returns to some sort of normality. I am certainly hoping that this last winter was a one-off!!
Anyway, onwards with the creativity (hopefully!)…