What path will you take?…

It’s that end-of-the-year-introspection time again! I’m coming down off the high of finishing (what they term winning) my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). My latest novel is well on its way, and yes, I wrote the ending—I like to know where I’m going.

The image above is representative of how I live my life. I like to remember where I’ve been, but I don’t need to see the past in vivid detail. Human nature isn’t kind—it’s cruel and selfish—the sooner one loses the idea that it’s anything other than that, the safer you become.

I stood looking back on our tracks in a landscape softened and muffled by falling snow and thought, silence truly can be deafening. It’s the perfect landscape for me. It’s calm, uncluttered, and contains what’s essential for me to be happy.

What isn’t seen in the image is the support that stands behind me. This year has brought immense clarity and I’m grateful for the people that are in my life.

I’m happy. We’re happy. Find beauty in nature. It will never disappoint you.

Twisted Words…

While exploring, we came across a church that had been in existence for well over a century. I couldn’t help but think how the words spoken here might have nourished the souls of these early pioneers settling in an unforgiving landscape.

I photograph and I write—two different yet connected mediums. Images take me on a visual journey of my world, while written words resonate deeply on the inside.

Both can be lies.

From the scale, perspective, and editing of a photograph, to the idea that words can be a crafted illusion of what we want to be true—that writing them doesn’t make them so.

We need to be better stewards of the truth and guard against swallowing the bitterness of others.

It’s a crazy world out there, one where isolation and fear has created a few monsters, and neither photographs nor words tell the whole story. A little extra kindness never hurts while the truth unfolds.

Choosing…

words.

pheasant walking away on a snowy road

walk away [wôk] [əˈwā]

a strategy for no-win situations

I enjoy conversations about human nature but have learned to curb my expectation that people can be something other than what they are. I love the words associated with this type of conversation.

intrinsic · fallible · flawed · inherent · nurture · behaviorism · causation · rational · biological · mimetic · potential · innate · entitled · narcissistic · gaslit · envious · manipulate · cognitive · dissonance · hoovering

They roll off your tongue but linger in the fetid air…

Human nature…

and the capacity for change.

People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart. Bertolt Brecht

He loves my work, just not the dead stuff.

We converse about human nature and whether or not there exists somewhere deep, the ability to change.

I don’t think so.

I do know that as important as it is to capture moments of beauty, the darker storytelling moments matter too.

It would seem the more that I try to understand human nature the less that I do.

He loves my work, just not the dead stuff.