It’s a beautiful summers day here in Arles. The rich warm light is amazing in this city of pale stone, flowers cascading down buildings and narrow pretty streets.
I woke early this morning with a restless mind. There is always a lot to do when you run a business, and I often get woken at strange times by my to-do list, but also when I am starting new projects and doing new things there is also the tingle of fear.
I have learnt though the the fear is just there when I’m jumping into the unknown. And it ain’t gonna kill me. I think of something a character in my favourite Sci-Fi book, Dune, says over and over:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Frank Herbert
And I felt both reassured and inspired. So I got up and made coffee. I love that deep, almost heavy silence of night that is leading into dawn. I drank my coffee and then stepped out into the early morning. I was ready to explore.
I found some new ripped posters, to add to my new ‘ripped posters’ mini-project:
If you haven’t heard me talk about mini-seeing projects before – they are super useful things to do to help you develop your ability to notice more in your surroundings. I always have one or two things I am looking out for – not to build my portfolio or add to a book – but more as an exercise in developing my awareness.
I also found some ‘things at my feet’ – I am always looking for things on the floor to photograph. It’s totally fascinating to me.
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Stay creative and keep photographing!