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A few Words on Creation

Hasselblad 503CWi and Hasselblad 150mm Sonnar f4 lens with Kodak Portra 160VC Professional film

By living the life of the artist you add, on a daily basis, to the miracle that is life. Many say that the very existence of life is a miracle. While we tend to load the word miracle with religious connotations, the word itself is simply the ancient world’s way of making sense of the miraculous or unexplainable. And assigning responsibility for such events to an all knowing, all-powerful creator-being is not an unreasonable approach to take. I have no issue with that concept either historically or in contemporary societies. The problem is when politics and power are imeshed so deeply into the teachings that they become synomonous with the religion in question.

While I have an interest in world religions, as a fundamental component of culture, I do not personally subscribe to any one message or faith. And while I admire religious devotion I abhor dogma. My desire is for a multi-faceted approach to the eternal, one that has room for science and faith, expression and ritual, male and female. I encourage pluralism and debate and dream of a society where the only wars we engage in are against the terrany of oppression, corruption, hunger and disease, and our own innate negativity.

So, why we are not god’s, our choices, attitudes and endeavors can, at their best, be described as god-like. It’s about intent and energy. The purer the intent and the more focused the energy the closer we put ourselves to the source: the great, ongoing mystery that is creation. Creativity is taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. And, through our photography, each of us has the choice to participate in the ongoing mystery that is creation.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film

Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film

Here’s a favourite image from years past. After a breathless climb up a steep hillside I paused, with laboured breathing in the rarefied air, to look down onto this glorious scene. I was on my third trip to Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India and had undergone a gruelling 4-wheel drive drip to Pangong Tso (Pangon Lake) at 4,250 meters (13,900 feet) above sea level. The lake is 134km long and 5 km across at its widest point. Despite being salt water the entire lake freezes over in winter.

I exhibited this image as part of a Masters in Photography I completed at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in the mid 90’s. Many of the images from that exhibition were displayed with accompanying text. The text for the above image read as follows: 

She was his first great love

He thought on his life

And wondered what he would do when she was gone

Juxtaposing the image and text together was designed to produce a somewhat ambiguous result. I believe that the function of Art is not so much to provide answers, but to ask questions and provoke thoughtful response. My purpose here was for viewers to extract their own meanings and interpretations and for the text to take them on a journey somewhat different to the one they would otherwise expect to undertake by looking at the image in isolation.

For those seeking understanding the ‘he’ in text is me, while the ‘she’ refers to my dear old mum.

It’s amazing how our mind is often concentrated on the most important aspects of life by emersion in foreign cultures, extreme activity, stress, exhilaration, exhaustion and beauty. I guess I was experiencing all of the above and that’s what brought my sub-conscious to the fore. What a wonderful thing to be amidst such awesome natural beauty and to be reminded of what is most important in one’s life: love and family. And amazing experience and a resulting image with which I’m very happy.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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