“I like to live in the sound of water, in the feel of mountain air. A sharp reminder hits me: this world is still alive; it stretches out there shivering toward its own creation, and I’m a part of it. Even my breathing enters into an elaborate give-and-take, this bowing to sun and moon, day or night, winter, summer, storm, still –- this tranquil chaos that seems to be going somewhere. This wilderness with a great peacefulness in it. This motionless turmoil, this everything dance.”
– Wiliam Stafford, “Time for Serenity, Anyone?” from the book *Even in Quiet Places*
Amari is the lovely lady featured in a new series of photos I shot last week, of which the above photo is a part. She teaches classes at the yoga studio I frequent here in Vancouver. We began the session shooting portraits and various yoga poses, but due to limitations with the shooting space I wasn’t happy with how things were going. I decided to suggest an idea I’ve had on my mind for ages – placing the model behind a backlit piece of fabric – and off we went in a better direction with the shoot. I’m very happy with the results and have a few other ideas I’d like to try in a similar way.
I was in San Francisco for nine days at the beginning of October, and even though I was able to get my film back two days after my return I have still haven’t managed to upload many shots to Flickr. The above shot was taken in the Japanese Tea Garden, located in Golden Gate Park. It was a lovely place, but I think my favorite Japanese style garden is still the one I visited in Portland. The rest of the shots of this same location can be seen on flickr using this guest pass.
I’m trying to figure out the best way to upload the seventy-two shots of San Francisco graffiti without overwhelming myself or my audience…