...black + white meditations...

I believe that if we are aware of and open to the gifts that surround us that our connections with our world can only grow stronger.  When we have strong connections to what is in our world, those connections foster interest, which in turn fosters care and concern, and the connections continue to grow and come round and round, again and again, each building upon the other until our connections to our world move outward to influence and bring others into our own personal fold.

This is how I feel when I look at these images I created for what I call my Ice Series…

I had taken my dog out into the backyard on a very cold day. The day was typical of Spring thaws and freezes. As we came upon the pool – put to rest for the winter months – there on the surface of the black plastic tarp were the most beautiful ice patterns imaginable.  I got my pup back into the house, grabbed my camera and began to photograph – wide-angle, then close-up – with Kodak Tri-X black & white film. Yes, these are images from film; a rarity these days.  I don’t believe anyone could have passed by this beautiful sight of patterns made solely by the hand of Mother Nature without being struck by the beauty and creativity that existed in a most unusual place at an unsuspecting time.  But, that I was there, to see and then create from the beauty and luscious patterns that presented themselves was another one of those moments where had I not seen then photographed it, I would not be able to visually convey this gift to all who see the images I created that day.

The awareness, interest, the connections, the outward movement bringing you, the viewer, into my world, ever so briefly to offer you a gift that was offered to me first.  I hope you enjoy these images.  There are more to come, and I will be writing about each of them on my journal page soon.

Hover your mouse over the image above, then click on it to view the images from the photographs in my Ice Series gallery.