"The business of art is rather to understand Nature and to reveal her meanings to those unable to understand. It is to convey the soul of a tree… The mission of art is to bring out the unfamiliar from the most familiar." –Khalil Gilbran
Silence and atmosphere in a cemetery is very different from being in the forest. As with anywhere I take photographs, or where I walk or hike, I step carefully, I listen, and I allow my instincts to direct me.
In a cemetery, there’s this undercurrent of human whispering, which you can sense in the wind as it blows through the branches, in the cool feel of a marble statue or bench, the hard edges of mosaic laid into the ground, the smooth edges of new tombstone, or the the roughened, weathered edges of one created a century ago.
History and lives lived cling closely to the experience of walking among the remembrances of the departed. It is a place that reminds one to live each day to the fullest, to live it mindfully, and not take life for granted.
Photography, for me, isn’t just about taking pictures, it’s about the experience created behind each photograph I take. It’s about the emotion brought forth. It’s all about the captured moment.
Close-up, detail of a weathered old red barn. Broken windows, with that abandoned feel, and ghosties lingering to tell a strange tale. Stories. It’s about the stories built within the images. Tell the tale, find the story. Preserve the moment.
Structures, architecture, an iconic imagery of labor and farming and agriculture. Wetlands still pooling from the rains of winter. There’s a story here and that’s what we look for isn’t it? The colors – the blues, the browns, the greens. Textures in the trees, the field, the sky, the water. Shadows and light. Lots to see here. Lots ot photograph and compose.
It isn’t just nature and wild things that interest me when it comes to photography and general curiosity about the world around us. I love old architecture in city and urban settings as well.
Heading toward the beach we often drive through Aberdeen and here’s a grand old building that I found very interesting to photograph. This building first opened its doors on February 1st, 1913. Read a bit about the historic Aberdeen light and power building here and about the desire to save such historic buildings in Aberdeen, Washington.