You never forget your first love. I’m talking about the type of feelings for someone that make any and all rational thinking go out the window. That kind of love.
While I was sitting in the park one afternoon with my camera and doing a bit of writing, I couldn’t help but notice this young couple across from me because they were draped all over each other and kissing so passionately. Normally, I think such behavior can be tacky, but that wasn’t the case here; what I was seeing was young love in its rawest form and I thought it was beautiful.
I guess I was feeling bold that day because there came a point where they came up for air, so I approached them and said, “Excuse me? Do you mind if I photograph you two?” Without a beat of hesitation, they agreed, and proceeded to kiss each other just as they had before. The camera didn’t phase them and their openness with me - a complete stranger - was incredible to say the least.
I didn’t retouch this photograph because I felt like it would take away from the beauty and authenticity of it. When I look at this photo, I see a tattoo that looks like a cross and a dagger at the same time, two beautiful sets of eyelashes and a warm smile, and a fingernail with a paint chip that resembles a heart. However, what I find most compelling about this image is the ambiguity; I see two people in love and there’s nothing more beautiful than that. #ATaleOfNewYorkCity#soulartistmgmt#modelsofsoul
Philip Buller was born to American diplomat parents in Delhi, India in 1954, but spent his youth mostly in northern Virginia and his ancestral home of New England. Buller moved to northern California in the late 80ʼs. He received his BA in #Painting and Drawing from Sonoma State University in 1992. Upon receiving his MFA from #California College of Art in 1994, he taught private lessons and art classes at Santa Rosa Junior College for 10 years.
During this time, #Buller spent each summer in the Mediterranean teaching painting retreats in Italy and Greece. His work reflects his respect and admiration for the #Renaissance and Baroque masters while including references to photography, #printmaking and other more #contemporary processes. “I apply paint, remove paint - creating and #obscuring forms. A form must be fully realized before it can be obscured. The #ambiguity of a #blurred image often encourages me to reach below a literal interpretation of form.
When this happens, it is less possible to grab onto a specific image and I am then compelled to remain within the realm of #experience rather than the realm of reproduction. In this process my own engagement as a viewer guides me toward receiving the image rather than identifying it by naming it or placing it in a #psychological or historical context.
What makes this process so challenging for me is that the evolution of the paintings themselves seems to resist #conscious intention. I try to remember that the meaning, if there is any at all, will emerge in it's own time, leaving me with an awareness that the work cannot be hurried. When the painting is resolved, I feel as though something has arrived, like a fruit in an orchard, visible as an organic thing. In such moments I know that the painting is itself the meaning.
When I am engaged in the painting process, I am of course conscious of the sensations, thoughts, and associations. But rather than following them into the quagmire of willful, even enthusiastic intention toward constructing a certain meaning, I try to instead wait to be touched.”
“Correct thinking provides a sense of certainty. Without it, we fear that faith is on life support at best, dead and buried at worst. And who wants a dead or dying faith? So this fear of losing a handle on certainty leads to a preoccupation with correct thinking, making sure familiar beliefs are defended and supported at all costs. How strongly do we hold on to the old ways of thinking? Just recall those history courses where we read about Christians killing other Christians over all sorts of disagreements about doctrines few can even articulate today. Or perhaps just think of a skirmish you’ve had at church over a sermon, Sunday-school lesson, or which candidate to vote into public office. Preoccupation with correct thinking. That’s the deeper problem. It reduces the life of faith to sentry duty, a 24/7 task of pacing the ramparts and scanning the horizon to fend off incorrect thinking, in ourselves and others, too engrossed to come inside the halls and enjoy the banquet. A faith like that is stressful and tedious to maintain. Moving toward different ways of thinking, even just trying it on for a while to see how it fits, is perceived as a compromise to faith, or as giving up on faith altogether. But nothing could be further from the truth. Aligning faith in God and certainty about what we believe and needing to be right in order to maintain a healthy faith—these do not make for a healthy faith in God. In a nutshell, that is the problem. And that is what I mean by the “sin of certainty.” - Peter Enns, The Sin of Certainty
What a great opportunity to share all the things we are doing in the #Latinas @leaninseattle Circle⭕️ to increase awareness regarding visible and invisible #barriers so we can build a truly inclusive community.
In our #circle we promote being ok with #ambiguity This means we have a startup mentality. Instead of hoping to have a finite plan, we choreograph together moments where, we as a team, come together to make progress. We navigate through the process together even when we don't know exactly what's going to happen.
In @leaninseattle we want to see more Circles of Women of Color. If you’d like to start one please reach out to me! I’d be happy to support you in any way I can!
Thank you @mg2_design for hosting us!
Since +2500 years (if not even longer) people are searching for an answer to that good-life-question.
Generation after generation the same questions are being asked all over again: is it happiness which we should seek for or rather avoid unhappiness? Is it a question of attitude, mindset or about targets?
You know what? The answers are rather disappointing so far. Because the solution can’t be found by reducing complexity to a handful of principles or squeezing it into couple of models.
My face is carved by laughter lines. And every morning I wake up I can find new lines which remind me of how good my life is.
#zygocactus That label means nothing, actually. I have had this one a year or two, but it sure didn’t bloom like this last Thanksgiving. Yeah so apparently the difference in a “Christmas” cactus and a “Thanksgiving” cactus is that on the former, the leaf pad edges are smooth and on the latter, toothed. This one is toothed, but blooming well after Thanksgiving. #ambiguity#Schlumbergera Truncata Regardless, its beautiful (to me) #PattersonPark#Baltimore
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