52and40/5 Foreground Focus

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I don’t rage against the dying of the light in a Scottish Autumn.  I like putting on lamps in the afternoon and seeing into people’s windows from the bus; stealing details for stories.  I relish the warmth of the house in contrast to the new chill outdoors.

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I’m letting the idea that, ‘what’s in the way is the way‘ guide my creativity since hearing it on a podcast.  It’s illuminated a lot for me about further tuning victim narratives into survivor stories; I’m enthralled with the empowerment born from simple cognitive adjustments.

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52and39/43 Hunker Down

Autumn’s a time for appreciating contrasts.  I’ve been walking and running more mindfully than usual, it’s easy to do in this season of wet pavements, dry leaves, shadowy buildings and bright mid-morning skies.52and39

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The dog stops and waits for me to take photos or scratches his back on long grass or a tree trunk while I admire stuff.  One black dog’s goodness keeps the badness of another black dog from nipping my heels, I believe.

At home, the lamps and heating are on.  I wrap myself into hibernation mode, in Autumn.

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52and39/37 Making A Space

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52and39Sometimes, when we’d really like someone to change, we can be willing them on and unknowingly blocking them.

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Anyone I’ve known who ever changed (including myself) did so because of a big shock; a lambasting, gargantuan shock of the hand grenade in the mind variety; the type that obliterates then rewrites whatever went before.

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Willing someone to change isn’t enough.  Stepping out of a space to allow change to happen is, perhaps, a gesture of acceptance and hope.

And gently freeing yourself from the barbed wire is an act of love.

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52and39/29 You’ve Been Framed

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I’ve been thinking a lot about framing, about context and how things can simultaneously be different things to different people, depending on how experiences are framed.

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Sometimes Edinburgh feels like The Truman Show.  Boat times on Eigg were like that too.  Ritual and repetition are framed scenes in touristy places, I guess.

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A good view nearly always has an amazing, sometimes understated frame.  Layers, texture, colour and cross sections sing to me when I’m trying to understand places.

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I think it’s the same process for choosing cake – senses lead, recognition follows.

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52and39/17 Reprogramming Yellow

The yellow on the wall there is my favourite colour. Ever. I love yellow.  But I don’t love Gorse. I got caught up in one day when I was wee.  It hurt.  Lesson learned: all that is gold may glitter [but can also hurt in that way where you silent scream at first, eyes wide in horror, so shocking is the pain].

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Gorse is a big feature in the natural Scottish landscape.  I’ve had to learn to see its colour and let that shout over the top of the bad memory.

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