Finding simplicity in everyday life can help us on our journey of self-discovery… and sometimes provide some unique perspectives to our creativity and photography.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
Finding simplicity can occur during an early morning walk along a beach while on vacation. It can help us appreciate that we share this planet with a multitude of other living things. With that cohabitation comes responsibility.
We can come upon a padlocked gate. It can serve to remind us of the abuses that humankind continuously inflicts upon itself. Our inhumanity to each other holds us all hostage.
Slavery and servitude take many forms. It is instructive to examine our own desires and excesses so we can discover how they keep us in shackles.
Our everyday lives can be spent under the illusion that we are open minded and accommodating. Individual realities can be much different as we are subject to our belief systems, perspectives, and prejudices. We see and experience only a small slice of the world around us.
Finding simplicity sometimes means coming face-to-face with primal fears. These can overwhelm us and cause us to miss experiencing potential beauty in that same moment.
The Universe can send us clear signals and directions which we sometimes ignore at our peril.
We yearn to hold on to security. To feel that we are in total control of our future. That we are firmly in the driver’s seat every waking moment. But… our grip is tenuous at best.
We may try to escape from the disappointments and challenges of everyday life. The more we try to hide from them… the more lost we become.
Hope for the future… however faint and flickering… sustains us through troubling times. It is the fuel we need each and every day so we can maintain the courage to press on with our journey.
Ultimately we discover that duty comes of all living things. We had our chance at life. Only we will know if that chance was well lived… or ended with regrets.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Photographs were resized for web use. This is the 1,152 article published on this website since its original inception in 2015.
How you can help keep this site advertising free
My intent is to keep this photography blog advertising free. If you enjoyed this article and/or my website and would like to support my work, you can purchase an eBook, or make a donation through PayPal. Both are most appreciated.
If you click on the Donate button below you will find that there are three donation options: $7.50, $10.00 and $20.00. All are in Canadian funds. Plus, you can choose a different amount if you want. You can also increase your donation amount to help offset our costs associated with accepting your donation through PayPal. An ongoing, monthly contribution to support our work can also be done through the PayPal Donate button below.
You can make your donation through your PayPal account, or by using a number of credit card options.
As a reminder to our Canadian readers, you can get a special 5% discount when ordering Tamron or Rokinon lenses and other products directly from the Amplis Store. Be sure to use my discount code when you make your purchase.
Word of mouth is the best form of endorsement. If you like our website please let your friends and associates know about our work. Linking to this site or to specific articles is allowed with proper acknowledgement. Reproducing articles, or any of the images contained in them, on another website or in any social media posting is a Copyright infringement.
Article is Copyright 2022 Thomas Stirr. Images are Copyright 2016-2019. All rights reserved. No use, duplication or adaptation of any kind is allowed without written consent. If you see this article reproduced anywhere else it is an unauthorized and illegal use. Posting comments on offending websites and calling out individuals who steal intellectual property is always appreciated!