An Evolving Life. In the Moment.
In The Moment.
During these stressful times, we often find ourselves flitting from one task or activity to another in the quest to get things done. There is rarely enough time to focus on a single friend, book, meal or piece of art—to reap the satisfaction of being fully immersed in someone or something we love.
Yet nothing is more satisfying than being fully present, in the moment. Not racing against the clock…not thinking about the past or what needs to be accomplished in the future.
Last week after three rainy days at my computer, I finally managed to update my website with the new series of images I captured in Amsterdam of kids playing in an undulating fountain outside the Rijks Museum. Recently I posted the first one here recalling the experience. Now six can be viewed by clicking Fountain Play.
Aside from completing the task, I received the added benefit of spending enough time with the images to realize what makes them so alluring. Immersed in the water, these kids are totally immersed in the moment, moreover it’s a team effort to keep just one yellow ball in the air with no juggling whatsoever.
When I am in the moment photographing, drawing or painting, it is such a visceral experience that there are no immediate words to describe it. There is just pure pleasure. It’s a great reminder that no matter what our pressures may be, its vital to set time aside to immerse ourselves in what we love.
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I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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