Life is funny sometimes. Moves in spiraling cycles.
I was thinking today that it is as if I look at myself through the lens using the manual focus.
Unlike the auto-focus where you point at what you want and the camera decides on the optimal focus, the manual focus requires to turn the dial until you find the right focal distance. Sometimes, in the process, you decide to completely change what the picture is about. You keep turning the dial until the frame is perfect. Then you take the picture.
This looks a lot like my personal journey in photography.
Starting from a fuzzy concept - nature. Turn the focus dial a bit, and stopping at nature fine art. An additional tiny shift of the dial and now focusing closer on nature fine art where reality border on something that transcends reality.
The picture starts looking clearer.
more focus tweaks - reflections and post processing techniques that help blur the line between real and beyond.
And then, click!
I take the picture, and it's exactly there. Between physical and mystical. An accurate reflection of where my art is right now.
When I look at the picture (the one below) it reminds me of the dark paintings of Rembrandt. I look for him on the web, and surely enough the right quote appears. As if he is talking directly to me. Advice from a master.
Try to put well in practice what you already know; and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. ”