I couldn’t see them clearly…and it was just fine with me. -ecj
Title: Natural Reflection
Dimensions: 30 in. x 20 in.
Paper: Kodak Endura Lustre
As we hit the home stretch of 2015, I’m beginning to look back on the progress of my work. For the most part, I’ve felt stagnate and unmotivated, at points. Lately, I’ve asked myself why.
It all became a routine, going through the motions. My heart was wondering off, which meant little to no passion for what I was doing. In other words, I felt burnt out.
That said, I focused my attention of things of little importance, but were fun to do. There’s that thing that people do, umm…smile. I remembered that in the process.
Last week, I began to take a trip down memory lane, sifting through photos I captured years ago. Something was there, within these photos that was lacking in my more current work. My heart was fully invested. I didn’t over-analyze what makes a great scene. I photographed what caught my attention and decided to live with the results doing the best I could along the way.
Most importantly, I remembered that one doesn’t need the best equipment to flourish, simply an enthusiastic drive to be happy with what you’re doing in life.
Natural Reflection is my joy personified. The little kid in me wakes up again to see the wonders of the world. Then, I understand it’s okay to breathe. It’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to smile even when life is tough.
I hope that my photographic art elicits a smile to even those who are having their toughest days. When dreams are fading away and efforts to succeed seem futile…an image can rekindle the truth. After one look, you can say, “Everything is right in the world, again.”
Eric Christopher Jackson