Escape the constraints of ordinary experience.
Focus on nature's symmetry, texture, pattern, color and
the balance of complexity and simplicity.
Slow down, pay attention, watch the light on the landscape.
Let it inspire passion within you.
Allow your mind to wander to extraordinary places.
(A. Gazzaley - NYC - 1999)
Too many of us, absorbed in the intricacies of modern society do not take the time to slow down, pay attention and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us. We do not allow our focus to wander and explore our surroundings. We often permit nature itself to become white noise in our busy lives, neglecting it until it blurs into the background.
When we do pause and attend to the moment, the natural world can have an amazing impact on our minds. From visions of elegant simplicity to extraordinary complexity, it can displace us from the burdens and routines in our everyday lives. It can elevate us to a higher place, restore the excitement of childhood discovery and instill a sense of clarity, inner purpose and harmony with the universe.
I invite you to come wander and share my personal vision of the world. I truly hope that my images help you step out of your day and see things in different light. More so, I hope that you will be inspired to pursue your own wanderings and discover your own unique vision.
I truly hope you enjoy visiting Wanderings and return in the future to watch it evolve. Thank you.
(A. Gazzaley - somewhere over S. Pacific - 2001)
Decade 1: 1997 - 2006
NY, Utah, Penn, Ohio, Tenn, Colorado, Cali, Hawaii, Alaska,Maine, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Fuji, New Zealand, Costa Rica
Contax 167MT; Fuji Velvia; Nikon scanner; Zeiss 28-85, 70-210, 500 mirror Tamron 60-300; 17 mm
Our reality is merely perception. It is a representation of our surroundings that we construct based on our sensory input. This reality that we have created, indeed which has evolved, allows us to successfully adapt and survive on this world. However, we often forget that our senses reveal only fragmented glimpses of the universe. They create for us a small, neat, circumscribed world, complete with its sights, sounds, tastes and textures, which appears to exist independent of ourselves. Its richness and diversity help perpetuate this delusion. It is easy to ignore the fact that we are denied the grand view of the complexity that exists around us. Our perception reveals but one limited interpretation of infinite reality.
As illuminating as awareness of our limitations may appear, the most important realization is not the limitations of our senses, but rather the restricted use of our senses. We have become too comfortable and successful at muffling our sensory input. Our impressive ability to focus our attention has converted our natural world into "white noise". As we have evolved to become less reliant on our senses for survival, and ever more concerned with our inner worlds, we face the danger of further constricting our already limited view of our natural surroundings. Our reality, though clearly bounded, could truly be spectacular. If we can rediscover the power of our senses through practice and patience, an appreciation for the inspiring beauty of nature will follow. We will expand our reality.
(A. Gazzaley - Penn - 2000)