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Fall on Campus – Emily J.

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Emily is a good family friend and photography student. She is one of those people who lights up a room with her enthusiasm, joy and love. She is an excellent dancer and has proven to be a staunch friend and collaborator to one of our daughters.

Emily J. says of her photographs:

I took these in the fall on my college campus. I like taking pictures during the daytime. The sunlight is what brings so much beauty to the photographs. The colors in the pictures are very vibrant, especially those of the fall leaves. Taking pictures, for me brings me closer to nature, and allows me to be a more careful observer. It allows me to become more spiritual.

Burnished Fall – Cathy Drew

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Burnished Fall, a serene look through the lens of Cathy Drew.

Burnished Fall

Burnished Fall

Burnished Fall

Burnished Fall

Burnished Fall

Amanda Michele Photography

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Bio:

Amanda Michele O’Dell Jones, known to friends as Mandy, specializes in nature and children’s photography. Her work, which has been showcased in local galleries, can be found in the homes of many families throughout her community.

My story:

Photographs and the stories they tell have always fascinated me. As a child, I could often be found with a photo album in hand lost in the images that lay before me. Now, in the early years of adulthood, I have developed an appreciation and an interest for the process of creating timeless images that will tell my story for years to come. To some it may seem a natural happening, the progression from simply admiring the work of others to creating your own masterpieces. However, my story is not quite that simple.

Last June the 5th to be exact, my mother passed away from a rare blood disease, which she had been battling for just over 6 years. She was only 61. She was the strongest person I knew and I struggle with anger at the fact that her body wasn’t as strong as her will. My mother was my super hero, my idol, and my best friend. I had built my life around her, as I wanted to be just like her.

Here I am 5 months after her passing, realizing that I am 28 years old and have no idea who I am or where my life is heading. A wave of emotions have been surging through me and in the midst of the disaster that was once my mind, one emotion stands out above the rest: lost. Where do I belong? Who do I fit in with? Who is going to be my number one supporter now? Who is going to always be there for me, loving me unconditionally? As I was driving to work one foggy morning a family of deer crossed the road in front of me. I don’t know what it was about seeing those magnificent creatures but the question that I should have been asking myself became clear; “How are you going to redefine yourself? Don’t you think it’s about time you discovered who you really are?”

I was with my Mother that dreadful morning in hospital when the doctors shared the news that she had only days left with us on Earth. She was using every ounce of strength she had to maintain her composure and for once I couldn’t tell what she was thinking. While choking back tears I was able to ask her “What are you thinking? Do you want to talk about it?” I will never forget the expression that came across her face as she looked me in the eyes and said, “There’s still so much I want to do.”

I am sure we are all going to feel this way when our time comes but her words inspired me to do more with my life. To develop dreams of my own and do all that is within my power to achieve them. Looking back, I know that it was that moment in the hospital and her words that lead me to the beginning of my journey toward self-discovery.

Illumination Roads – Photos by Bert Jackson

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

This selection starts with a road and ends with a bridge, with various stops of illumination on the way.

Standing at this Wall – Photos by Marc Goldring

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Standing at this wall, looking intently, seeing what these eyes easily recognize, this becomes a moment to pause. If I pause when I notice a part of my world I have often seen, I sometimes encounter something that has escaped me before, something small or large, important or not, but a new element in a comfortable old scene. That is the gift of pausing and noticing, the gift of new sight.

Does it matter? Not by itself, perhaps. But there may be a lesson here.

I take a chance if I spend time with the familiar – the old, comfortable, the “no surprises” – and move beyond what sits so readily in my frame of reference. The chance is the possibility for blessing in that very moment of moving beyond familiarity. It brings my awareness fully to where I am. And, if I am attentive, I can learn a new gentleness within my own experience as I gain the ability to see what is new in the familiar.

We can discover the familiar.

So we can decide to practice looking at what we have seen in hopes of seeing what has been unseen. Look up, look down – try what you haven’t tried yet, or try it again upside down or backwards and dancing. The texture or the color or the weave may be familiar, yet the composition, the mix of elements, the intonations may be new, not yet experienced, sacred.

We can practice continuing to look when we might dismiss what is in front of us and move hastily in search of some distant yearning. And as we practice we might notice how easy it is to find that new vision already embedded within the old.

Blessings,

Marco

Cathy Drew- Photography

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Cathy and I were talking the other day about something that happens during the creation of art. It is possible to get close to the point where the artist, the artwork and the process of creation all become one. These photos are breathtaking and illustrate the power that comes when we attempt that connection. Simple, beautiful, excellent. Cathy, you have raised the bar for all of us once again!

Marty Liebman Photo Gallery

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I love showing other artist’s work because each one has a completely different way of viewing the world. This collection of photos by long time friend Marty Liebman shows the breadth of his vision. From the rich depth he capture in a bunch of grapes to the craggy symmetry of an ancient road to the exquisite designs created by leaves silhouetted against a sun set, Marty’s vision is both intimate and filled with wonder.