Life Is What You Make It

I just wanted to put a quick post together, to give you a sample of the different photography related stuff I’m playing with. To ensure some variation, and to make sure I’m not closing any doors, I’m dabbling in everything right from digital art through to wannabe photography.

 

I’ve noticed many parallels in understanding between life and photography/art. I’ll share with you a photo/picture, then gabble away a bit about it.

 

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It’s a given that our perception affects how we see the world. In the case above, I have made a conscious effort to adopt and express a different perception, the results of which are manifested in something you wouldn’t normally see. I have often wondered: how do others see the world? Do things look similar?

 

The follow-up question to that is: do others feel the same emotions as me? I know there are many similarities. For instance, in the picture above, I read into it that the bird at the top is making the bird beneath it angry, who in turn has passed on the anger towards the third bird, causing it to fly away. They all share the same anger, but were the motivations similar? The fact is, they’re probably just doing what birds do, with no meaning behind it. I find it absolutely fascinating how we try and work out the meaning behind everything, even when it’s very unlikely that there is one!

 

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This picture is unashamedly heavily processed, but is more of a photograph than a drawing and follows some of the rules of photography.

 

The parallel in this picture lies in how I see similarity with the adversity that I have just faced. I couldn’t see a way out, in fact there shouldn’t have been one. I had to believe there was light at the end of the tunnel. Often, when you’re in a “tunnel”, the only person that knows the way out is you. We all have an “internal compass”; to find your way, follow the arrow where it’s pointing to “hope”.

 

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This picture shows me that it is possible to look at something many people have looked at before, and see something completely different. I can’t imagine that many people have come to this conclusion, and probably wouldn’t do so in the foreseeable. Except, where I’ve had enough conviction in my idea to immortalise it in a photograph, anybody who sees it will now look twice at this object.

 

Just as you have the power to change images to match what you’ve envisioned, so too can you change your life.Β Remember:

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Happiness is highly contagious πŸ˜‰

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Posted on March 6, 2016, in My blog and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 58 Comments.

  1. Love the one in the tunnel! Very cool effect! πŸ™‚

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  2. So much technical stuff involved. But great photos Nick!

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  3. Love the photos and the interpretations, especially the tunnel. I think, though, in the bird one, the bottom bird chasing away the other bird is doing it to protect ‘his’ bird – the one on top. πŸ™‚

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  4. Three very different photos with equally varied interpretations. I like them all!

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  5. you have such a gift for this, nick )

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  6. That tunnel is especially good. Nice work. ☺

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  7. Hey Nick, love the way you put the spin in all your photos. Great job and I love your words.

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  8. As soon as I saw the tunnel one I thought – excellent book cover, it’s so atmospheric.

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  9. The tunnel is very striking because I guess we all feel we’ve been there at some point and we hope to get to the light at the other end. But I like them all. Thanks for the inspiration, Nick

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  10. Great pictures and thoughts to go with, Nick! I agree! We can experience the same situation but see something completely different in it due to where we come from. The same is that we can experience different situations but with the same result of feelings again due to where we come from (and where are meant to go to). Love your post!

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    • I find it absolutely fascinating how glimpsing some words can have a permanent affect on your views. I only had chance to glimpse at these words before. I am trying to catch up with replying to comments and basically subliminally quoted your viewpoint here, without realising it. I wonder how many instances I have done this in the past?

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      • In the end there is only one truth and this truth lies naturally within us. When the same feeling or insight comes up independently than it is a wonderful proof that it might be a part of this big truth. I often experience the same when reading other people’s books or listen to them. A wonderful confirmation of what we already believe to know!

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        • Indeed! I am only starting to see this, but being on WordPress is confirming it. I do find though, that some people (like yourself!) have noticed many of the same facets of this bigger truth.

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          • You know what I noticed? When I look back at the many insights I got and what I thought was the truth, I realize that this was just that little spark that made me come a bit closer to the truth. In developing an even deeper insight I noticed that what I thought first was a truth had changed or actually my perspective had changed. But it was necessary to believe it was a truth to come closer…. gosh, I hope that makes sense… lol!

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  11. Very true Nick, happiness is contagious and quotes are very powerful. I love the idea of seeing things in a different light. I have dyspraxia and my psychotherapist says that I see things in patterns and that I recognise patterns in everything. Before the diagnosis I just thought it was a normal way of seeing things. Anyway enough rambling from me, have a great day.

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  12. I love looking at photos and interpreting them. As you say we can all interpret them in different ways, and that’s what makes them so fascinating.

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  13. I loved your comment that, when you’re in a tunnel, often you’re the only one who knows the way out. It’s a great illustration of the fact that often, we have to choose to make change, rather than rely on others to make change for us. πŸ™‚

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  14. These photos are all so interesting and so different. Personally, I like the one of the birds – I like the way what you do to the photo creates or augments a sense of movement. Excellent quote too. πŸ™‚

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  15. Another great piece, Nick. I love the bird pic at the top. I love nature anyway but there is so much life and fluidity in this pic that makes it very thought provoking. Excellent work mate, keep dabbling.

    D. πŸ™ƒ

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  16. Well done, Nick. Great stuff. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  17. Yes, absolutely right, many look for reasons behind almost anything when, as you say, there are no meanings. I think that getting into some sort of “everything must have a meaning” mindset can be the start of a very slippery slope. And talking about photography, which is the only thing that matters after all πŸ˜‰ , don’t get all tied up with things like an image being “unashamedly heavily processed” >>> instead, get more into “if it looks good, it is good”. A πŸ™‚

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    • I am a firm believer that indeed everything DOES happen for a reason. However, I’m not sure us “mere mortals” can quantify these reasons. Speaking from experience, it can send you crazy trying to work them out! Better to just know that you cannot know and run with it. In terms of photography, I have felt that I don’t deserve the right to be proud of the photo, unless I followed the rigorous laws of photography. I’m starting to get past this now, which is why I can be proud of something that just “looks good”.

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      • Knowing that we cannot know seems a good way forward, certainly better than striving to try and work things out in our minds I think. And photography? Forget the “rigorous laws”, there are none of these except for the ones we impose upon ourselves >>> The FATman, he say, “if it looks good, it is good!”!!!!!! πŸ˜‰

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        • You absolutely legend! You were one of the people that inspired me to get into photography in the first place. Now you are helping me enjoy it πŸ™‚

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          • Well thank you for saying that, Nick, that’s good to hear! With photography, just be yourself >>> listen to what your head and heart are telling you, and listen to your gut feelings too, and ignore everything else. Many people will assure you that unless you do things their way you won’t succeed but, instead of that, just be yourself. Adrian πŸ™‚

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  18. What amazing photographs, Nick.

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