As the publication of website posting number 500 on this photography blog drew ever near, the challenge became what I should write about as this is a bit of a milestone event. I decided to share some of my favourite images that I’ve captured over the past number of years, and tie them together with some philosophical musings.
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There is always much to examine in the world around us and we have the opportunity to learn something new every day. All we need do is be open to the lessons the Universe presents to us. Some things require close examination in order to recognize their beauty.
Humankind continues to endure because we strive to adapt and overcome the challenges we face in life. Not to have suffered through some kind of pain and used our courage and creativity to overcome it, is not to have grown through adversity.
While we are different in terms of the talents and attributes bestowed upon us at birth, that need not dissuade us from finding our mission in life, and our place in the world. We may not be the biggest and the most powerful, but our lives still have value. Each of us has the opportunity to make a difference however small.
When we are young we are full of inquisitiveness, playfulness and wonder. Whether we maintain those important qualities throughout our lives is our responsibility.
We share this planet with others. It is important to give each other room to pursue our mutual dreams, especially those that are closest to us. We can sometimes hold them back by trying to live our lives vicariously through them, or forcing our beliefs upon them.
While we may be touched deeply by nature, we do not own it. The environment is to be respected and cherished so its treasures can be experienced by future generations.
There will be times when our courage to be understanding and show compassion towards others will be tested. May each of us find the strength within us to overcome our fears and self-doubt – emotions that can keep us hostage to our own most base impulses.
Life can often feel like it is moving far too fast. Perhaps even passing us by. Comparing ourselves to others and holding anyone up as an icon to be emulated is fool’s play. The only competition worthy of our effort is that with our own best self.
Our potential remains locked when we attempt to go through life with the erroneous belief that the world owes us something. That life is supposed to be easy. Once we learn and truly accept that life is hard and always will be – that knowledge and deep understanding of it holds the key to making life easy.
All photographs were captured hand-held using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro or PhotoLab, CS6, and the Nik Collection.
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