Heed is a short and sweet word that summarizes well this long introspective project. As a title, “Introspection” sounded too serious. I didn’t want it to come across like a tormented project. This series began as most of my other projects have, by focusing on the present and letting creative energy lead the way. I had no preconceived idea, no deadline, no specific message to communicate. I simply heeded my creative instincts.
In our busy lives, we often forget to make time for fun. The intensity of our modern lifestyles often leads us to do everything in a serious manner.
When I take pictures, I don’t want to rush it. I don’t want it to mean something. I don’t want to know what it will be. I do it because it helps me disconnect from my worries. I do it because I love seeing the beautiful images coming out of the process. I do it because I Iike seeing people’s imagination at work when they are exposed to my work. I do it because it brings me pleasure. There are enough worries in life already. I don’t need to add more pressure to my daily life. I don’t intend for viewers to torment themselves when viewing my work. I am presenting slices of my present moments, so the viewer can, hopefully, get lost as well, for a brief moment.
I enjoy walking around with my camera and capturing details of my surroundings--Things that we may not notice during our daily routines. I dive in and get lost in time. The deeper I get, the more discoveries I make. It’s somehow pretty similar to meditation. By slowing down, taking time to breathe and observe the beauty of the moment, I forget about everything and quietly enjoy the moment.
Looking at my pictures of “textures, colours and shapes” (ongoing series), I started seeing another layer of visual elements. I combined a few photos together, and then new images started to appear. I soon realized that these new creations had a vibe of their own. Their energy became something different from the original images. This fascinating process grabbed my attention, and I wanted to explore it further. Throughout the process, the new images slowly separated themselves from the original pictures. Then, I started focusing on the new layers of information being revealed. Combining different moments together resulted in a new peaceful creative process. I enjoyed watching the revelation of the new pieces taking shape.
The more I worked on it, the closer it resembled the feeling I get when painting abstract canvases: movement and feeling taking over from graphical logistics;an interpretation of the visual manifestation of the process itself. Digital photography also offers a way to express myself without worrying about physical limitations such as storage and production studio. At this point in time, it’s quite convenient and above all, enjoyable. I am now ready to start sharing this new series of digital images, originally created to be photographs and now morphed into abstract art pieces.
Hope you enjoy!