‘Esho Funi’ is a Japanese Buddhist term used to express the ‘oneness of self and the environment’, it is sometimes translated as ‘two but not two’. It speaks of a complex web of interconnectedness, a symbiotic relationship between Earth, humanity and all living beings.
When we view life in this way we can easily understand the need for our ‘relationship’ with the Earth to be rooted in respect and wisdom.
When we pollute and destroy the natural environment with, for example, deforestation, pollution of the Earth’s waters and air, and unwise consumption of natural resources, we are hurting our own lives and the lives of other living beings.
The ‘Esho Funi’ photographic series sets out to make make visible, to raise awareness of Humanity’s complex and beautiful relationship with Nature.
The locations for this series were pools and lakes of still water with trees close to the edges, [I photographed the reflections in the water]. The colours seen here are products of nature. The reflected sky, washes of earth pigments and fresh green growth. I used in camera double exposures to produce the finished images.
Water Is Life
Goodwick Moor Nature Reserve. Late afternoon winter sun burnishes the water and reeds. Gnarled hawthorns make stark silhouettes. Shadow and light embrace, yet neither diminish. I wonder what my camera and I can make of this all too brief conjunction.
The dreaming water brings solace to my heart/mind. Letting go, I become the ripples and reflections.
These images were taken over the course of one morning. Such was the richness in variation of the reflections on the water’s surface that I moved only few metres over that time to record this work. I used single and in camera double exposures.
Many years ago I lived close to the sea. At night, I would watch the stars and listen to the waves. The soundscape saturated my sleep. Now, I live a little further from the coast - yet still I hear the sea in my dreams.
A gentle but persistent rainfall. A silvery, serpentine stream. A small town, snug on a hillside. The stream breaches her banks, becoming a wide shallow pool. Gentle winds create waves in which the reeds whisper. The town falls into the water….or so it seems.
Walls of soft rain obscure my vision making the sky impenetrable. Puddles of shallow water mirror the winter trees. Each season has its own beauty.
Water and sky are the same hue - losing their individuality and becoming one. The air is still and therefore, so is the water. Yellows, greens and silver greys merge with the moment to produce a tender palette reflecting the beauty and the fragile nature of our precious planet.
An alchemical mix of movement, light and shadow, girded by dark tree stumps and the branches of vertiginous trees. Fish, which we cannot see, swim beneath the shallow, rushing, foamy water. Life’s mystery encapsulated in a fragment of time.
I have a habit of walking my home town and its environs at dusk. I like the cloak of invisibility that darkness lends me.
I am often drawn to the seeming insignificance of a scene, and because of this, many of the resulting images take on an abstract nature.
I use various camera techniques, most commonly, ICM and in camera double exposure.
ICM images on a theme of ‘the Creative Spirit’ .
‘Dreaming Water’ is an exploration and acknowledgment of the creative connection between humanity and the natural world.
In many cultural myths and histories, creativity comes into being through dreams and visions. Poets, writers and artists of all kinds have sought such dreams, either through ritual and sleep or through immersion in the natural world - a waking sleep.