Nature's Place

Portraiture

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… to portray – the art of rendering ‘some-thing’ in the best possible light, according to accepted practice, by intuition – an untethered understanding reached through experience by letting go the already known – sifting gold from muck. Photography is just one medium for such expression, writing is another, gardening no less so.

Everybody is an artist, has something they excel at, if they have been lucky enough to find or been guided to it in these dense materialistic times. Some are more ‘artistic’ than others, doesn’t deny anybody’s art. Anyone who hasn’t found it is holding on to some mental construct of what they are.

The image is unreal, any image, only a representation of the thing, any thing. And representations change, being of things that die. Thing is to see the fact and go with the reality of change rather than hold to the known, old and worn. A representation is always of something passed, or past.

One such representation, bordering on the solution to finding the lost art, is to stand on a diving board in the dark of night with the intention of jumping in the water. Feel the fear? There are others, more fitting to some than many.

The simple solution is inside, looking past the sensation that is the basis for meditation, to no-thing – that has no image. It’s no big deal, it is where is after dreaming stops, from awake to asleep – a place inside.

Trick is to not ‘fall’ asleep, but go to sleep, looking to see. Just never mind the imagery on the way.

Or enjoy it but don’t hold on to what passes, as everything does.

© Mark Berkery … CLICK any picture to enlarge in a new tab …

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  1. Sylvia said, on 08/05/2014 at 2:41 am

    Great Pictures

    • Mark said, on 08/05/2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Sylvia … Netherlands, on my mind lately …

  2. Mr Bennett Kent said, on 07/05/2014 at 5:47 pm

    Impressive macro work on these fascinating insects

  3. sbhansen2014 said, on 06/05/2014 at 12:15 am

    Hey, I LOVE your macro photos!

  4. Jacques Willems said, on 04/05/2014 at 5:28 am

    Portraiture… your models on location are superb!

  5. Karen Douglass said, on 04/05/2014 at 12:47 am

    As always, gorgeous and mindful. Thank you for your dedication to these little creatures and to your art.

  6. standingoutinmyfield said, on 04/05/2014 at 12:34 am

    Love me some dragons…

  7. nonoymanga said, on 03/05/2014 at 12:41 pm

    FASCINATING AS ALWAYS!!!!

    • Mark said, on 04/05/2014 at 8:29 am

      Fantastic nature, up close … Thanks N.

  8. Peter Giesbrecht said, on 03/05/2014 at 10:34 am

    Are all your macro Pictures taken with the FZ50

    • Mark said, on 03/05/2014 at 11:48 am

      Most, 95%, I also use the G1 and Oly macro lenses with achromats on.

  9. treesshrubs said, on 03/05/2014 at 8:15 am

    Love the images! Resonate with the thoughts.

  10. krikitarts said, on 03/05/2014 at 12:45 am

    I think many of us need to hold on at least to memories of things that have passed and to take steps to ensure that we will be able to better hold on to things that mean a great deal to us and will pass. And what a beautiful dragon. I am amazed by their variety of shapes and colors.

    • Mark said, on 03/05/2014 at 1:18 am

      Yes, many do need to hold on to the past. I was more addressing those who have had enough of it and need to let it go, because it accumulates inside and congests and confuses.

      Dragons are beautiful …

  11. woodlandgnome said, on 02/05/2014 at 11:28 pm

    And speaking of art, what could surpass the beautiful perfection of the tiny dragonfly? Nature is the ultimate sculpture, the quintessential painter. We humans may only attempt to interpret and convey the beauty, and wisdom, we perceive from the source of all. May all be well with you, Mark, and may you find that place of peace and perfection- and knowing- inside. WG

    • Mark said, on 03/05/2014 at 1:21 am

      Nature is the first art, isn’t it, from which all art flows – we arise from the earth nature is, are representations of it, you could say …

  12. Nature on the Edge said, on 02/05/2014 at 8:47 pm

    Sage words, and such a moment captured in your dragonfly shots – a rendering of gossamer lightness. I marvel at the exquisitely fine detail; yet that moment of passing fulfils a greater design. Enjoy your thoughtful, pondering posts :)

    • Mark said, on 02/05/2014 at 9:11 pm

      Yes Liz, there’s no such thing as a missing moment – missed, maybe.

      The Dragons are a wonder to watch, such adept hunters, aerobatic genii – representations of another me, or you …


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