Sometimes we when we let others set are standards we begin to feel caged as if the choice we once thought has been taken away from us. You must always carry and hold yourself accountable for each and every choice you make in this life. The choices we make mold us into the people we become and continue to stay as we are. Every one of us have the chance to change the world into something better. A small ripple can become a massive wave. If the world is not the way you want to see it then be the change you would like to see. When you make yourself one hundred percent accountable the only reason failure would ever win is because you decided to stop trying. Often times I see or hear how bad everything is, instead of how great and amazing it is. Everything we come to, has a perspective it is your choice to jump on the black or white side. If you choose to be negative you can never have a positive mindset. If you choose to be positive you tend to stop listening to the haters and naysayers and start making a change. A change doesn’t always mean you have to move a mountain it can simply mean you decided to pick up a piece of trash and throw it away. We live in a society that is so focused on what we want, what we do not have and most importantly our mannerisms toward one another as if we all live on our own separate planets. If we can start to put the focus back into helping and building one another we can make a comeback and a better future for the following generations to come. Be the ripple that creates that massive swell!
Today I wanted to talk to you guys about the depth a photograph can have and the meaning it can represent. As some of you may know the old saying ” a picture is worth a thousand words” well it can be very true to some as others would say more like ten words. I am not going into a thousand words with about this photograph, but what I do want to cover is how a photograph can make you see a new perspective, give you new meaning and hopefully give you a sense of what the photographer is trying to explain to you. The stories behind every photograph come in big or small, in depth and faded meanings but they all have an origin to which they came from. For me in this particular photo came from a cross country road trip that swept us through the great plains into the rockies, then we ran alongside the grandest of canyons and through Arizona as we were making our way to El paso, Texas, I decided to take a detour to white sand national monument which landed us in the absolute middle of know where. Once we made it to the park the sand formed into rolling hills. The sand looked as if the desert had a wintery snowstorm just pass through. As we pulled off to the side we got out of the truck to take a closer look and feel the sand in between our toes, the temperature was 101 degrees fahrenheit and the sand was much cooler and comfortable than I would have guessed. As the rolling sand hills surrounded us there was a complete relaxation and calming presence. The sun started to set and the colors were if the sky was full of pink and blue cotton candy. In this photograph I wanted to capture the essence of the patterns the sand formed. What this represents is, without the color you focus on the patterns of the sand then work into the clouds above. With color you would tend to focus on the reflection of the sand from the sun which was a light pink with a creamy blue sky.
In photography, patterns that come from abstract give us a new perspective of how we may see the most mundane items. It draws us closer to things we normally pass by everyday without the slightest notification. I love how abstract makes you see and feel an image a completely different way than of a more traditional piece.
So I am currently on the road again and I would like to explain this photograph and what my story is behind it. My life is a series of events bound by continuous flights and road trips to small towns, big towns and even different countries. In this photograph my fiancé and I were in Wyoming on a road trip to Colorado, we had been driving through the entire state of Nebraska which the corn fields travel as far as your eyes can see. Once we got to Wyoming we had stopped and took a short hike to stretch the legs, enjoy the sun and breathe in some fresh air, I spotted this in the field and it reminded me of a part my life. The part of my life that it represented was no matter the roots I grow towards my home, I still love the sense of traveling exploring and adventuring such as a feather that takes flight in the wind, not knowing where the wind will take it. There are times I plan trips and know exactly where I need to go, but often the unplanned spontaneous adventures make the best memories because it challenges the mind to find new places and generally changes your perspective of your approach. As a photographer, I crave creating something new and that is a piece of me that expresses the way I see the world. My job is to bring out the ordinary and express it in a way that someone may find it extraordinary.
In this photograph I was on a hike just outside of Fruita Colorado on a trail named rabbit valley, It is around a 6 mile hike so my fiancé and a few friends decided to go. As we started in the morning the trail was vacant but exciting full of little eyes lurking in the brush. As we made our way through the hike I found this tree and I had to stop and capture it, what drew me towards it was the way nature had warped and strained it from the nutrients that it needed. As the harsh climate of the desert and its blistering heat had beaten the tree into submission, the tree had given me another perspective of beauty. The beauty was in the intrique design of how the tree twisted and turned as if it were a flame of wood.