” The Remarkable “

The Remarkable

There are times in our photographic life where we are confronted with what I call “ The Remarkable,” and that is not really the right word for what I want to talk about but how do you find a word that describes  for you, something that pushes you over the edge in terms of expectations, grandeur, awe inspiring and then at the end of the time of shooting “The Remarkable “, you want to go back for more and more and more.You walk away thinking, “ What did I just witness?” Over your photographic journey this may change and perhaps even on a yearly basis when you shoot something that inspires you and the following year, there is something else that equally has the same impact on you. Perhaps every so many trips , this changes for you.It’s different for all of us. Over the years I have had the honor to have shot many wonderful landscapes, seascapes and they are all wonderful and each place hold its magic grandeur. For Pete, his life seems a blur at times, it is moving faster than he cares for and at times he gets dates, places  and even meeting some people  mixed up. He meets many people in his photographic life, most are very lovely people and there sadly are some who are jealous and will do anything to try and bring him down, and by people who you least expect it  and he has in recent times have had to put up with such nonsense. For Pete, when this happens, he just holds dear to the people that he knows that are his genuine friends in his life.There is no substitute for true friends. So people come  and go and some stay and inspire you and although there are times his life is a blur with all the above, what is never a blur for him are the  images that he is able to capture. He can always recall, when he took the pictures, the effect that they had on him at the time and the effect even today that they have. Someone can point a picture out to him that he has taken and he can easily recall when he took it and the story behind it, including the people that may have been in that story, and yet, so much else can be a blur. One such place that will leave always leave such an impression on him for lots of reasons are the slot canyons of the USA. He adores them , there are full of mystery, magic and awes inspiring with shifting colors and their textures are something that he has never seen before. If he does venture back to the USA next year and it is his goal to spend a lot of time exploring more of these as the shifting light, incredible colors and sand stone textures leave left him speechless. When he was there last year, there were times when he was moved to tears literally as the immense beauty and the intimacy of the situation was extremely moving. He often reflects at what God has done in His creation. If he offends anyone talking about God, then please sign off now as he doesn’t want to offend anyone. In recent times he was told by some to leave God out of it but how can he do that when it is He who rocks his world, it’s what his worldview is built on. (Pete also states just because he has a faith in God doesn’t make him better than anyone else, quite the opposite. He has made mistakes in his life and he knows that he is limited as a person as a result of it and although he is inadequate as a person in many ways, he will never give up his faith in God and totally respects those who don’t believe. Pete would like to stress that just because of his faith, he is not perfect, he makes mistakes and he is not better than anyone else. He would like to stress that ) There was a moment where Pete just sat there, stared at the walls, the changing colors and his eyes swelled up and the two thoughts that kept coming to his mind were  two bible verses, one that simply said “ For He spoke, and it came to be, he commanded, and it stood firm” Psalm 33.9 and the other one was ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time.He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;yet they cannot fathom what God has done  from beginning to end.”Ecclesiastes 3:11 He sat there are reflected on the grandeur of His creation,on the two verses as he sat there reflecting on why he had created all of this. Pete sat there feeling very humbled and in awe. He stood there in the silence of time.He was fortunate on this day to have had few people in the canyon where he was.( There was one canyon where it was the opposite, just crowded and the intimacy was not there and the complete opposite took place)On this day in this slot canyon, there were not many people there and it was so nice that he  could reflect. As he walk these slots he gently ran his finger tips, along the sand stone with his eyes shut to feel the texture, to have a better sense of the smells in the canyon and the noise that lay around him. In the stillness of time, there is still sound, the sound of silence. We can all go to the same place and be effected differently and not all will be moved and there is nothing wrong with that as we are all very different as people and we see life differently .In these places, there were people coming and going in small numbers and most uttered the same sounds, arrrrrrrrrr, no words, , simply the arrrrrrrrr but that said it all. A universal language that is not audible  and yet we understand it all. No matter what your world view is, most of us have the adoration when we have the natural landscape in front of us. “The Remarkable “will always be there for us, it will always surprise us and it will always move us and leave us with a thought process that leaves us in awe, spell bound and in total adoration in what we have just seen. These slot canyons do that for Pete and back home, he often lays in bed thinking of his time there . At the same time,they can be a death traps as well. I can rain 50 miles away  with massive monsoons and the dry creek beds quickly start out as a trickle, then a stream,  and then a raging deadly torrent and before you know it, tons of water pour into these slot canyons and people have drowned sadly when this happens when they haven’t heeded the weather warnings. Having said that he still marvels at what He has created for us all to enjoy. How privileged are we that we get to record through our cameras the wonders of creation and all of us are inspired by it  and if weren’t, we wouldn’t chase that sunset, that mountain shot, that wonderful reflection, the changing of colors through the autumn, the changing light and so on. When you come across your Remarkable, take a moment to sit back and actually take in what is happening before your eyes. When we are busy snapping away we can almost fail to see what is there. That may not make sense to some but hopefully some will understand that. Enjoy your Remarkable Food for thought- “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. Leon J. Suenes The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. 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