So after a helpful suggestion that I get some professional yoga pictures taken for advertising (eugh – I hate the two of those words in one sentence), the Universe dropped into my lap a wonderful photographer on a similar hippy wavelength called Alan (Instagram – Images by Alan Thomas). We were both very open-minded about the whole thing and decided to just go with it. With the help of my lovely friend, Denise, we found some lovely spots in Ayr, Scotland and even timed it with the best Scottish Summer we have had in years!
Before we took the photos, we both looked online for inspiration and I found some lovely photos, but also went through a period of self-doubt as I looked at all of the pictures of extremely lithe women in fantastic poses and compared myself to them. Thankfully I have now learned to catch these thoughts and can say to myself that there is no perfection – not in life or in yoga. I am enough in the body I have, doing the yoga I am doing. The purpose of the photos is not to look like an image of yogic perfection, but to portray ‘me’ expressing myself as I move my body and breathe. Thanks to Alan, my photographer, who was all about expressing ourselves and having fun, I felt at ease and just did whatever felt good at the time.
The ones at the skatepark were purely for fun. I was really nervous that day because as we drove up we could see a big row of young ‘dudes’ hanging out. Thankfully Alan was cool and went straight up to them and told them we were just going to take some photos. One of them was like straight away, “You want me to do some moves for the photos?” “Skating, yoga, it’s all the same thing man…” was his take on it. Once I got over my nerves, it was great fun and I am really pleased with these photos. I don’t claim to be a ‘true yogi,’ whatever that is. I’m not an expert or a guru, as I said to Alan, “Every few hundred years you get enlightened souls, the rest of us are just humans doing yoga.” It’s taken a lot of work for me to find this self-acceptance, but I am pretty cool with being a human doing yoga.
I just loved this challenge so much, I have to post another one. I am delighted to stay two minutes from a lovely walk along the beach. Today it was cloudy, but sometimes I think the sky is wonderful when there are clouds in motion that allow rays of light to play little games with the water and the sky. Again, I was walking alone with my earphones in, and it felt like the people walking their dogs were only there to be part of the pictures.
Solitude is one of my favourite things. Taking a few days of annual leave, I went a drive up to Perth on my own and had a peaceful time surrounded by the serenity of the Scottish countryside. There is so much beauty in this country, I am so grateful I live here. Here is one of the photos I took driving along Loch Tay, it took my breath away.
This picture expresses my admiration for the indomitable sheep of the Carrick Hills, who endure the ever-changing, unrelenting climate of the west coast of Scotland. They looked like they were standing proud after a great battle on Saturday.
Quite possibly one of my favourite photos on my favourite walk. A guy I met said, “not a good morning for taking pictures’. Just shows you – we all see something different.
I remember the exact moment I took this picture, because this tree completely represents my state of mind at the time. I was in Darwin out of season. I felt alone and vulnerable but I was hanging in there like this little tree.
I think this picture has a few layers of imitation, but I love the contrasting images.
This one is perhaps more about timing! It took me a long time taking photos of lightning to get this one, but it captures a tiny spectacular second in time.
Nothing is better than nature at creating vibrant colours and light. I still can’t believe how red the anemones were!
Ah – good old PMA! I was just talking about this with a colleague today. Some people have it naturally (very rare and special individuals) the rest of us have to constantly work at it. The benefits of practising it are limitless in my opinion!
How do you define it with a photograph? Well, I am going to use this opportunity to post more NYC pictures, since it is a city steeped in historic optimism and what represents that better than the Statue of Liberty? Here is the statue from Liberty Island, the statue as a minute dot on the horizon from the Empire State Building, and a statue of the man who designed it, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.
From the empire state building
the statue of liberty
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi