“My back to the wall. A victim of laughing chance. This is for me the essence of true romance. Sharing the things we know and love with those of my kind. Libations. Sensations that stagger the mind.”
All of us want to be different. Yet, we are the same. All of us trying to get back to something.
This past weekend, we watched the Disney movie UP. An amazing movie that my wife called “cute”. Any reference to old people in love is deemed cute. Without spoiling anything—what touched me is a reinforcement of a lesson I recently learned. That we are always free to change the choices that we make.
Have you ever decided to buy a car that you felt was perfect? A car that was unique—that really expressed who you were as a person? All of a sudden you see that car everywhere. That’s the way it works for me. Whatever lesson I’m supposed to be learning at any given point in my life is reinforced in everything that I see around me.
Recently, I attended the Life (as an artform) workshop with Jesh de Rox. One of the ideals I left with is that we always have the ability to change the choices that we make. If you know me at all, you know my passion for movies. Here was that lesson whispered to me in the voice of a movie.
Joseph Campbell wrote about the power of myth in our society, which includes movies. One of the reasons I enjoy movies is that we get to witness the choices and consequences of choice in other’s lives. I preach to my girls over and over again about about making good choices in their lives.
As the evening ended, I found myself alone on the couch watching a VH1 show about Steely Dan. Funny how I always seem to wind up watching behind the scene shows about musicians at the end of the day. A former musician turned photographer, I’m fascinated with their creative process. What struck me was a comment from a session player who worked with them. He commented on how they would drive everyone to perfection and then go past it to a place where everyone found a comfortable groove.
If I could sum up the Jesh experience, it would be simply, he’s a photographic poet with the heart and soul of a wise and ancient teacher. We spoke very little about photographic technique and a lot on connecting to the heart of the individual. He challenged us to look into our hearts and examine our creative process and be brave enough to see past ourselves. For me, it helped connect a lot of loose ends from the past few years. I hope to share some of this in my work in the coming months. Until then, be brave and live in love!