If you’ve been following my blog for the past few weeks you’ll recall that last week we concluded the Impermanence series in Crescent Beach, FL. I think I left a piece of my heart there when the storm came because I’ve been thinking about Crescent for weeks. It inspired me to start working on a new piece for my For the Love of Water series. This seemed like a timely segue as there was no other choice but to move forward from Impermanence.
I’ve always had a fondness for Crescent Beach, especially the most southern part, just before you get to the Matanzas Inlet, where it turns a delightful orange from all the crushed shells. I didn’t take any pictures with my big camera on my latest trip to the area as I was craving a lightness of being. I didn’t want to carry the gear or anything for that matter. Recovering from the heaviness I just wanted to carry myself. Sometimes one has to leave the tools of creativity behind in order to center the spirit and be present with nature and her healing properties.
I did, however, have pictures from our last trip to Crescent in April just after the Spring Arts Festival. It was a beautiful spring day. The sky was a rich blue, speckled with big puffs of white clouds. The water was captivating as usual. The ocean seemed to be putting on a water show as the waves were coming in faster than they could go out. I was mesmerized by the dance of the water against the shore, the complementary colors of blue sky and orange beach, and the many birds enjoying the spring day.
I had a lot of wonderful photos that I wanted to use in my next edit to capture the essence of Crescent Beach. Turns out a lot is too many and I was overwhelmed with choices. I stopped and started, and stopped and started again on repeat over the past few weeks. My initial thought was to create a blank canvas and work from there, but every iteration fell short of what I was hoping to achieve. Nothing resonated. Finally I went back to basics. Start with one image, find a second image, see how they work together, build from what works, follow what resonates.
Through the process I was able to narrow it down to just four images that I blended together. The ocean ripples through the bright blue sky and puffy white clouds, the waves come crashing in at your feet as you look out into the horizon, the royal terns are lined up perfectly and add to the life of Crescent Beach. There’s something almost fiery about this piece. Something hot. Something that captures the essence of water, the hotness of Florida, and the beautiful beach that is Crescent Beach.
There you have it folks. Another piece created for my latest series For the Love of Water! I have to say this series does not have the same level of structure as the 365 Project did, but I’m learning to go with the flow (haha!) and trust the process. There’s a lot more travel associated with this project, especially if I’m going to cover all of Florida’s water sources, which presents several logistical challenges.
What do you think of this series? What do you think of this particular piece? Have you been to Crescent Beach? Is there a particular water-centric place I should visit in Florida? Please let me know your answers to these questions in the comment box below. I always enjoy reading your commentary. By the way, I just added this piece to my shop. If you’d like to purchase a limited edition print for your collection just follow this link. Many thanks to all of you for your support. Looking forward to sharing more work next week.
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