Today I want to talk about some of the things that I’ve realized over the past few months that have considerably improved my quality of life. First off connecting with nature. Corner Brook is a small city surrounded by mountains and it is gorgeous. Compared to Halifax Corner Brook is like an oasis. It’s still a city and so there’s still lots of cars and traffic but the fact that there’s this vast landscape just about everywhere you look is absolutely serene. To feel as though you’re just a small being inside a massive system is both humbling and inspiring. If my photographs can capture a little bit of the natural beauty that’s around me at any given time then I’ll be happy. One thing that I’ve noticed in all of my favorite photographs is that they all have three things. The first being some kind of plant life, whether that be a tree or some shrubs etc. The second is something man made, usually a light pole or paved road. And the third being people. Put into words this sounds like a very cluttered and inconsistent grouping for a photograph, most people choose to photograph just one of these things but I want my photographs to show the viewer that harmony can exist in those three things, they can balance each other out and be complimentary. To show a moment of beauty where these three elements come together in front of my lens is what I strive for every time I go out with my camera.
The second thing is connecting with your inner child. I truly believe that if we are in a situation where we “need” to be serious, or need to play some part that isn’t fun i.e.ordering people around, then we are going to be pissed and miserable then entire time that we feel the need to “act” this way. It’s not fun telling people what to do, and nobody wants to be the guy that’s responsible for whatever crap that happens. I think it’s better to just go with the flow and care less about what happens. Honestly if you’re in a situation where you need to be serious all of the time then get out. We are all children at heart, if we deny ourselves this fact then we’re only contributing to our stress and turning into a crotchety old geezers. I think once we start to act serious all of the time it can turn into a dangerous cycle because our mind starts to turn to the idea “well why is everyone else not seeing what’s wrong, and why the hell is everyone else not concerned about this” We start to feel as though the things that we’re concerned about are the things that everyone should be concerned about. And that if only everyone else cared more then maybe we wouldn’t live in such a terrible world. But I think what’s important in life isn’t to keep up to date with the latest war and political upheaval, all of these things are important, but what’s more important is to be the best person you can be in your own little community. Nobody’s day gets better when they’re around someone who’s serious all of the time, so just be childishly ignorant and stop being so concerned with all of the bad things that are going on in the world, there may be terrorists but the fact of the matter is that most people are pretty awesome, if you take the time out to learn about them. So the takeaway point is just relax, enjoy the people around you and be childish. It’s the only way to stop yourself from growing old.