Finding my Bliss

Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Essence of 'Now'

It is a hauntingly beautiful day,
I feel like I'm creating my art in the moments as I type,
my art being my 'intuitive expressions' either in words or image...


There is such a chilled out sound coming from my radio,
blending with the wind outdoors and brilliant sunshine illuminating every autumn shade,
this combination always puts me in the mood to create, it's an incubator for the intuitive process and that illusive feeling that I want to hang onto forever... sigh.

Our belongings are in piles throughout the house, waiting to be up-loaded,
we should be on our way by now I'm thinking, lapping up the miles to my home,
journeying to the place of connection, my beloved ocean.

This trip has been eagerly anticipated for over a year since we last visited Whitby. It has been postponed! The lady over the phone said "there have been gale-force storms predicted for this evening, we advise you to put-off your trip for a day, we cannot take responsibility for your motor-home on the cliff's edge!

"Oh darn" I thought, this day is perfect for everything, the wind evoking a mood of mystery associated with Dracula and the Abbey, the raging sea and perfect photo opportunities (see the post)  Gothic Weekend... Now I'm left in a state of whirling confusion. The sight and sound of the wind whipping up leaves outside my window is adding to my state... I find adapting to change difficult, but I know 'Being in the Moment' ~ this is part of my challenge, finding 'balance' and coming to 'stillness' in whatever weather or turn of events, this is possible, I accept the idea that life is full of change and that I must go with the flow, look for the possibility of  'Now'.



The essence of Now, where sparkles shone for me today, 'intuitively' on the periphery of my vision - Captured!



The top two images are SOOC that is straight out of the camera, nothing added or taken away,
the bottom one has been edited in Picasa ~ (contrast, highlights and shadows).
The image is of a poppy photograph on my wall reflecting the window scene with raindrops.
Which do you think and why? I'd love to know?

Have you found sparkles today, if so where?  I would love for you to connect and show me...?
I feel a meme coming on here,  Seek your Sparkles Sunday!  
Er maybe....we'll see...

Yours intuitively.... SF


Friday, 25 October 2013

Intuitive Inquiry



During this time of transition and re-focusing my passion, I'm looking to my images
either at the point of shooting, or post editing  (if any) to inform my journey, inquiry.
To see what it is that has arrived in the moments that capture my heart.
An ongoing investigation as to how I  'Align to Divine',
with a view to inspiring others along this route.

For sure colour and form, hues, texture and balance all have their place
and there are technical experts out there for advice on such matters, but for me that 'essential' something, something other is what I'm looking for, what I want to explore.

What was going on for me in those moments, the moments the sun shone after days of soggy rain for example! Rain soddened earth and two mutts having creepy visitors within their coats was the scene!!! Washing, everything that could be detached and laundered at 60 degrees was, also taking forever in the machine, hanging dank and heavy around the house. Air laden with chemical fumes from doused carpets within, and heavy 'grey' laden air outdoors! And still two mutts scratching....

But oh the intuitive release came with the next day's sun, the crisp air, the colours, the wind beneath lines of laundry, blowing, blowing all of those cares away. Those intuitive magical moments summoned by the awareness of Being and being ready for capturing with the camera is what I am exploring now, how we can tap into this beautiful and nourishing feeling on a regular basis.

Intuitive Photography don't miss a moment, document the days, the slow flow of the river, along with the drama and rush of life, make moments to capture it all, save and savour! There is always something there waiting to transport the essence of the moment through the camera, something shining or sparkling or even symbolic.  Images don't have to be perfect, like with intuitive painting they are yours, your creations, your connection to the Divine, you just have to intuit the moments.

More to come...

Yours intuitively.... SF

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Taking Notes

I've been taking note, sifting and sorting both physically and mentally,
I like to have a good old clear out now and again,
to re-evaluate the worth of things...




Parring down to the essentials and simplifying has always been a way of life for me ~
My motto is if I don't use it, appreciate it, believe in the worth of it then it has to go...

This is my 495th post, I am also nearing my four year blogging anniversary and thinking about where I am going with it all. I'm not saying I'm about to give up my beloved 'FMB' but that I feel I have become somewhat scattered, maybe even a little lost!  Initially it was all about my images, I was in photography heaven for two whole years, shooting, posting and writing.  I was eager to post and took current advice to just let my blog 'evolve' which I did. I'm glad to say I did for I have met some wonderful, soulful bloggers over the years and experienced a real sense of belonging and love, but here's the thing, somewhere along the way I feel I have diluted myself, that I have lost some of my integrity, sense of purpose, which I want to re-capture.

I have many abstract swirlings going round my head with regard to photography and how I see it and none of these are do with technique but everything to do with life and living in the moment, intuitive photography it is called. It is wonderful, all embracing, therapeutic, even life changing...

So this is my intention:

To gather myself back to me, to concentrate my effort, to focus and become more creative in my offerings in both words and image, to look for new ways to connect.  I might go a bit quiet here while this is going on, I might even re-name my blog with the 500th post, I might lose some of my present connections but I have to listen to this strong voice within. Always!

Yours intuitively.... SF



Friday, 18 October 2013

Red Rage Release

I am searching my image file as I type,
I need an image to match and express my emotion,
there are not many for my images are mostly soft, my emotion is not...

I've found one but it is a little on the subtle-side,
I need to intensify, sharpen, define, deepen...


I'm feeling red rage,
the need to rant, riot, respond...
breathe in, breathe out ~ sigh...

My daughter's mental health downturn has meant she's been off work sick for sometime,
she knows she cannot return to her work,
the organisation who employ her have no alternative but to
terminate her employment, she understands this...
but the method of dismissal, the legal implications,
the monster of a system that has been created
for this purpose is one that makes me feel
SICK.

They are taking a sledge hammer to crack a tiny seed, my tiny seed,
I'm feeling Red Rage.

Intuitively yours....SF

Monday, 14 October 2013

Feeling it on the Breeze

This morning's breeze is stirring the Tamarisk tree outside my window as I tap these keys,
wondering how to release all of the words wanting to escape in some-kind
 of meaningful way onto the page...

The breeze is reminding me of imminent change ~>


Yesterday halfway along the road to my Developing Photoshop course I made a sudden decision, a knee-jerk reaction I know! But my intuition was pressing me, saying 'this is not the way', so a u-turn became necessary! I don't like knee-jerk reactions, they have in the past led to some bad decision making that I have regretted, but the voice was strong, I knew I could no longer ignore it.

My love affair with photography keeps me grasping for connection with like minded souls, which I never seem to come across, the number of image processing courses I have taken over the last twenty years I've lost count of...

My yearning though is much deeper than remembering some technical magical manipulation, turning an image into something else (although I can get lost in this), but my true heart connection is about how I feel at the point of shooting, the moment, the subject, the light, the composition that illusive something that is so hard to describe but you know you have captured it when it sits in your photo fileand you can still feel the same feeling as at the initial point of connection. That is the one image that you would save when one thousand will be deleted, because a little piece of your heart resides there, you want to share it with the world hoping,
just hoping that it may spur some response in another. Many people might not even notice your image and scroll right past not giving a second glance/thought but then there's a chance you might make the elusive connection with just one person who knows where you're coming from! To date I have not found this
connection in any photography or image manipulation course, although I have here on-line...

It is a few days since I made my decision to quit the course, I am not regretting it as of yet,
to the contrary I'm going deeper, listening to the whispers, questioning,
evaluating... there are more changes afoot!
I feel it on the breeze...




Sunday, 6 October 2013

Paradise Pier

Paradise
a place to pause,
.
.
become poised, ready for presence,
.
.
for peering into the realms
of possibility.


Linking with
Postcards from Paradise
Recuerda mi Corazon



Saturday, 5 October 2013

Holding each~other

Our haiku-ing hearts
forever young and in love
holding each other...


For my friends over at
Haiku my heart