12 December 2014
Looking out west
Today was going to be the 25th photograph in the project. As I walked onto the balcony I was aware that I had yet to take a photograph looking out west.
The vision out towards the east is more expansive, while the view towards the west is more restrictive. Given this, my dominant tendency (and perspective) was to look out towards the east. Setting my camera to face west, was breaking my dominant perspective.
13 December 2014
One of my wife’s students gave her this Christmas reindeer as a year end gift to thank her for everything she had done. Giving a gift is an act of appreciation and gratitude.
My wife was inside putting up some Christmas decorations. She joined me on the balcony and playfully placed the little reindeer in the bush. She had brought me a gift to photograph. We smiled as I focused the camera on the little reindeer. One of the most powerful gifts we can give to others is a smile.
14 December 2014
Same and different
I took this photograph of a small succulent plant we have on the balcony. Each stalk is unique, yet has the same structure.
As humans, we are unique. Yet, we are no different from each other regarding our basic needs. In addition, each one of us needs acknowledgement, respect and most importantly love, to grow.
We all have 24hours available to us each day we live. Our uniqueness unfolds depending on how we utilise this time.
For me, the photograph also reflects over-population and lack of space, which lies at the heart of our biggest global concern.
15 December 2014
Sitting on the balcony, looking at me on the balcony.
In South Africa, we tend to live behind high walls, which separates us from our neighbours. The challenge is to re-connect to our neighbours and to build communities that are supportive and respectful.
16 December 2014
The garden below is beautiful.
Processes that are taken care of, usually result in beautiful outcomes.
17 December 2014
Integrating everything around me
Today is the last day of my project. As I walked on the balcony I knew what type of photograph I would like to take, but I didn’t know how it would turn out. I needed to wait until it was dark.
I wanted to include all that exists before me in a single photograph.
Integrative thinking connects parts into a complex unified whole.