The time has come to an end on who you were. It’s time to shed your old skin and step into the new. Time stops for all living beings but it is eternal to all that exists. You are but a blink in the eternal and so capable of creating ripples if you so choose. Choose to let go of all that holds you back so the ripples you create aren’t tainted with all that no longer serves you.
Sometimes you go into a situation without a plan or knowing. Sometimes you trust that inspiration will strike upon arrival. Sometimes this approach works and sometimes it doesn’t. Back in October, Adam and I attended the 2018 Promoting Passion Convention in Joshua Tree, CA. I knew the location was in the desert but I didn’t quite know what to expect. I packed a few photo necessities but really had no plan. Luckily, there was a lovely prop and costume table that we could use during our time there. At first glance, nothing really spoke to me but I didn’t let that set the tone for the workshop. I came back and looked at again and forced myself to create with something from that table.
As I peered through the items again, the clock stood out. “Well, I have never really used a clock in my images before… Let’s try something new!” I said to myself. Then, a lovely minty green dress caught my eye – it was cute and very fairytale-esque. So with those two items in mind I forced myself to brainstorm an idea, even if it didn’t make sense or have much meaning. I just wanted to put myself in a situation where I could make something from nothing (no inspiration, plan or ideas).
As I sat there mulling over my selections, I began to think about the desert. While I realize that there is much life in the desert, there is also much death. The desert is not lush like a forest. The colors are very earth-toned and somewhat monochromatic. Then death came to mind – I wanted to create a piece about time stopping. I was born at 9:00pm so I used 9:00 o’clock to add a touch of personal reference to this piece.
I must admit that I’ve had a hard time putting words to this image. At first, it really was a very literal piece about death. Now, the more I look at it I feel as though it’s more about shedding an old skin or shell. Time stops on life but you can also choose to not give anymore time to an old way of life that no longer serves you. Once you starve it of that time and energy, you must shed it or drag it around like unnecessary baggage.
Which would you choose?
Below are the three main images used in the creation of Time Stops followed by some silly photos and the image I used to focus my camera 🙂 Scroll ALL the way down for the behind the scenes and speed edit video of Time Stops.