I’ve recently been spending some time making images using a long exposure time. This technique has the effect of smoothing out movement and is particularly good for clouds and moving water, such as waterfalls or the ocean, or for capturing reflected lights at night. The images convey a sense of beauty and peace.
Long exposure photography requires patience, a willingness to sit with a situation until it is successfully resolved. In our world today many people don’t take the time to sit with nature or to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. The demands of work or daily life rule our days.
Long exposure photography invites the viewer to linger a while and find serenity and a sense of wonder in the world around us. As we spend time with the natural world, we just might find ourselves drawn into contemplation and gratitude, and we return to our busy world the better for it.
“God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips. And I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and the forests and the mountains. But you who are born of the mountains and the forests and the seas can find their prayer in your heart…” (Kahlil Gibran)
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This weekend a patient said to me that he was spending all of his life, running around and getting things done, but after deep prayer and reflection upon the words of Thomas Merton, he realized that God wanted him to “open space and be.” He said now, his lengthy hospitalization was a beautiful “retreat.” The beauty and peace reflected in your images spoke to me of what you describe as “linger[ing] a while and find[ing] serenity and a sense of wonder in the world around us.” Bless you.