The story behind the picture.
Illuminating insights that bring symbolism, meaning, and imagination to my abstract photography.
A month after a forest fire in Summit County, Colorado, I hiked this trail. Slurry still stained the stumps and ground. The Forest Service had already chainsawed many of the burned trees into chunks. Yet as I walked through this wasteland, I saw signs of life. Small green stems pushing through carbonized debris, ants with an urgency rebuilding their area, and then this abbreviated message. I pictured a small child writing with ash and the sweet smile on their face as they crouched down low. I imagined a mom or dad calling from down the path for them to hurry up. I just wish I could say hello back.
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Why “A Clear Mind?”
At a workshop for wildlife photography, I was in a group that was taking photos of egrets. There were a couple of dozen nests in one tree, and about as many young egrets noisily begging their parents for food. Each incoming parent caused a ruckus of shrieking and jumping around. Parents hopped near and then away from the young, like a dance. Trying to concentrate on taking a clean picture was just a nightmare. I realized that one egret, having had enough, moved from the chaotic nursery to a vacant, nearby tree. As though he were saying, “Enough! I need some peace. I’m out of here.”
“Photography makes one conscious of beauty everywhere, even in the simplest things, even in what is often considered commonplace or ugly. Yet nothing is really ‘ordinary’, for every fragment of the world is crowned with wonder and mystery, and a great and surprising beauty.”
As an abstract photo artist, this is my favorite inspirational quote from Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1978. “Alvin Langdon Coburn, Photographer: An Autobiography with Over 70 Reproductions of His Works”, p. 80, Courier Corporation. Coburn began taking disorienting photos in 1917 and is considered the father of abstract photo art.
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