Quiet Waters, Quiet Mind

September 20, 2012

Red lechwe reflected in pond, Moremi, Botswana (photo 2007)

“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.  Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”
— Hans Margolius, philosopher

“I have collections of shadows, reflections, laundry, baking ingredients, symmetry, clouds . . . among others.”
— Marian Bantjes

I, too, have captured reflections in my photos over the years.  I like how reflections encompass the ideas of mirrors, thinking quietly, illuminating, stillness . . .

The above photo, showing reflections of a small herd of red lechwe, was one of the first batch of photos I took with my (then) new Canon Rebel xTi digital SLR.  I’ve since taken over 30,000 photos with this camera!  When I look back at some of the images I made with my “beginner’s mind,” I’m still pleased with the results.  I particularly like the impressionistic background on the red lechwe photo, and the way the background colors mimic the colors of the animals standing in varying stages of alertness in this still pond in Africa.

I don’t know much about Marian Bantjes, the artist and graphic designer I quoted in this post.  But I found her TED talk inspiring.  It’s worth a look.