The Abstract Water Series
I found long ago that looking at water is extremely soothing and relaxing. I also discovered that when you “disconnect” the analytical part of your brain, stop thinking, and just let your eyes rest on something without looking, magic happens. In that calm, meditative, dreamlike state, a shift takes place, and you start to see things differently. It’s almost like flicking a switch in your brain to another way of seeing.
As a child, I used to sit in the front of my parents’ motorboat as we were traveling to different islands, enjoying the rush of the speed, and staring at the water below as it was flying by. I wasn’t looking at it, I was just gazing, letting every thought go, living completely in that moment, allowing the water to hypnotize me. In that state of calm euphoria, things started to happen. The water changed. Shapes appeared, patterns emerged, and like in a rapid light show, I was presented with an entire hidden world of wonders.
You always assume that people see things the same way you do, but that’s not always the case. It eventually dawned on me that not everyone looks at water this way. So for the past few years, I have been on a personal treasure hunt to capture these fleeting moments of magic, to be able to share them with others.
So much came out of this project that I have created several separate groups of images.
My first series in this larger body of work, simply titled “Water”, explores the calming effect water has on us. I find that often when I don’t know what I’m looking at, I can better appreciate it for what it is, and in this series, I have removed the obvious (water as we are used to seeing it) to encourage viewers to look at it in a different way. My goal is for the viewer to not analyze and try to figure out what’s what in the images, but rather to enjoy them and let them soothe and calm.
In the second series, titled "MCM", I am sharing some of the more playful scenes that emerged. There is much to discover here, and I invite you to take some time to rest your eyes on each image, let go of any expectations, and see what comes to you.
Face of the Waters
The third series, Face of the Waters, might be my favorite body of work to date. These are all images that came to me when doing my personal version of meditating while looking at water.
Life is a short series in this project, and I think the title is self explanatory. :-)
This project will always be a work in progress. There will always be more to discover and now that I have found a way to share what I see, I don’t want to stop.