“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~ Bruce Lee
I’ve been watching the Lens-Artists Challenges from the sidelines, but when Anne Sandler chose as the topic, water, a subject that I’m particularly drawn to, I couldn’t resist submitting my own rendition. I love to photograph water in all its forms.
And when it does it makes for a wonderful subject, particularly when shot at a sloooowww shutter speed.
“Let the shores tell you the beauty of the ocean waves.” ~ Aisha S. Kingu
I’m fortunate enough to live near the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Frequently during the dark days of the pandemic I went out to the coast with my camera, because it was one of the few places considered safe to go during the winter months. Wintertime is the best time to photograph the waves as it’s during the winter that the waves are the most intense.
For me a wave is a contradiction. It’s violence and power when it smashes the coastal rocks can leave me awestruck, yet at the same time there is a calming quality about it.
Something to look at
When we are angry.”
~ Reiko Chiba, Hiroshige’s Tokaido in Prints and Poetry
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.” ~ Margaret Atwood
“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.”
– Lao Tzu
And then there’s a plain old glass of water.
In a pinch – or for a hangover – there’s nothing quite so refreshing.
To see Anne’s take on Water, visit her site, Slow Shutter Speed. From her site you can find links to other entries by visiting her comments section.