The English 18th century Romantic poet William Blake if one of my favourite wordsmiths. His use of symbolism challenges me, intrigues me.
“This life's dim windows of the soul
The eye so often seeks what is depraved, what causes us to feel lack and envy. Nature's beauty can by some be viewed as banal when caught with a camera, yet, the most popular photos on sharing sites are often of sunsets and mountain views. A picture can speak to you in many words and in many languages, and they can touch your heart.
The more I'm collaborating with other artists and on particular themes, I take one step further in getting to know what is in my heart when I make pictures. This year my photography has taken the step from the intellectual to the spiritual with the intention of putting my soul into the pictures, to see if it is possible to convey a mind in flow, a content mind, perhaps even an ephipany. Over a period of 1,5 years I have finished a 5-course specialization mooc in photography with Michigan State University - the nugget of gold is my peers and the reviews where we discuss our pictures, my personal gain the spiritual journey I embarked on in this ten picture capstone.
The 10th picture.
On one of my photo excursions this summer I stopped by a country church. The oldest parts of Kärrbo Church is from the 13th century. I was going to make pictures of four mares with their foals in the field by the church when I felt a draw to look to the right. There was a narrow path with a wind mill at the end. I went there. I sat on the steps with coffee and a cinnamon bun and soaked in, life. What I felt? At the end of my working through the scene, and going beyond, I saw everything and nothing. When I got home I picked up the pen.
The picture with the poem is the final picture of the project. The process had been an intensly intellectual one when it came to the choosing of the photos, the placing them in order. A very specific order, a structure that in a way was limiting, and yet set me free to explore using several layers of content in one picture, and puzzling the set together to create a flow. It was difficult. It was fun. It was eye-opening.
See with your unconsious Eye.
Look at the picture above. What do you see? A red clover? Look again.
- Do you see?
Look at the clover, lower your eye to the spotlight in the background. It is a medallion with the picture of William Shakespeare.
- Now when you have showed me I cannot stop seeing it, my son said.
We see what we want to see. We can choose to see beauty. Choose to see beyond fear. Choose to see what is good and use photography for our relaxation, for finding our 'Why' and ourselves. When the green woods laugh, when tygers burn bright, go to the woods.
Get thee to the woods, go.
Agneta M Lindh