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Don’t be a sheep in a land of beauty.

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Today is earth day. There will be a lot of stuff about turning out lights, probably a bash at air travel, supermarkets, gas prices, hybrid cars, the list goes on. How we must plant more trees, do more of this less of that. How we must convince politicians….


“Bethel Road Sunrise”

However the real answer to our problems is in principle simple – plus it’s free.

As a photographer I spend a lot of time observing the world around me. Like rotating the tuning knob of an older radio through the squeaks and crackles, hisses and whistles, my eyes wander through the scene before me, looking for the harmonies, the wavelengths and the chords to come alive, to sing to my lens, my camera and into my image.

And when you allow yourself to feel beauty, you can then see through what’s not. It is no good believing the answer lies simply with low energy light bulbs and a new fuel efficient car, just like eating supersized fast food and a diet drink will not save our own health.

So don’t be a sheep, avoid the vending machine, the next shop, the next set of TV commercials. Look around, pick up a camera, look through a toilet tube, or out of your window, just open your eyes, let them tune in and tell me what is beautiful within your view and then tell me it didn’t make you smile as much as the coffee and chocolate bar you were planning a few moments ago.

Continues tomorrow.

Happy Dreams, Steven


Written by stevendraper

2008-04-21 at 8:23 pm

6 Responses

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  1. I like this Silhouettes, sunrise photo. It is beautiful and colour rich. Thank you to remind us 21/4/2008 is an Earth day.


    2008-04-25 at 11:03 am

  2. Thanks for your kind words Azhar – in this day of digital imaging and HDR, it’s really easy to forget that sometimes we just want to feel something and therefore don’t actually need to see it.

    Passed the location today, and the tree is covered in little green leaves. 8^)



    2008-04-25 at 7:15 pm

  3. Wow! Excellent photo and post. I love what you have to say here and I couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for sharing.


    2008-04-26 at 7:56 am

  4. That is a fantastic photo! Just stunning!

    Bec Thomas

    2008-04-30 at 6:38 pm

  5. The combination of darks and warm colors reminds me of an old master–Raphael maybe?


    2008-04-30 at 10:17 pm

  6. Hello Bec and Kym,

    Many thanks for leaving your comments. I understand that Raphael’s decision to study art was due to watching the oranges, reds, other colours of the sunrises rises at his mothers farm.
    The great masters are always wonderful inspiration for photography and one can learn a lot from studying them.



    2008-05-1 at 1:20 pm

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