I came across this article in outside magazine and then did some reading so I feel I need to draw some attention to this person, Zina Lahr, some of you may know her or may have heard of her but I think that her words, thoughts, feelings, may find resonance with the DA community... www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-…
Then read these passage from her blog please
, they are profound (at least in my own humble opinion)normallyodd.com/?page_id=362
With the passing of a wonderful artist just starting her journey, she has been forever sidelined to another road, preferably tangent to the one she was on and with it's own bends and turns. No one really knows. She has left a mark, at least on my life with her words, her profound words. Her thoughts on creativity and art and how art is created and how it has this incredible ability to change us, most of the time seemingly subtle and yet sometimes in the manner of an epiphany where our lives are never the same. Some understand that part of art is the attempt to get others to see what we see, in photography (for me at least) it is learning how to take a picture in a way that can accurately portray the beauty I see in the moment (that seems harder than you would think), coupled with how I feel in that moment. Some artists seem to do that naturally, sometimes they are considered odd, but they can be life changers they can open the doors that hold back tides of emotion that we naturally bottle up. They can inspire us to action and creativity in ways that others would think strange, they are the ones who can change our society as a whole and naturally are, in a way, feared. Her catalyst essay speaks volumes, it is an incredible read, so I suggest a cup of tea and some quiet time for reflection.
As for myself, I look inwards, I become introverted as so many of us do, one of my difficulties has been life's direction; where I am now and the fact that I don't feel right. Since I don't know what is right is I just drive on, make money, feed the family, and try new things when I can in the hope that something speaks to me and gives me direction, something to devote my life's work to. My wife understands and has said that for me, "it is the journey not the destination", I have always said it was the experiences, the varied experiences in life that give life it's meaning. But I digress, as I look inward during these moments words from people like Zina help, a lot. So thanks Zina and rest in peace, travel the universe, come back later, learn, build, and we will all see you on the other side someday.
Thanks outside magazine for the wonderful article that led me to read her work and philosophy.