This is a quote I came across a few years ago,
at The Photographers’ Gallery,
while flipping through the pages of a book I’d been drawn to.
It was after a meeting I’d had,
about a possible next step with regards to work.
Whether it was a case of Carl Jung’s Synchronicity
(something I should really read more about before referring to it),
I’m not sure;
but it certainly had resonance.
It’s a quote that’s commonly attributed to Anais Nin,
but recently, and more correctly it seems, to Elizabeth Appell…
Having seen it so many times since, I’m amazed I’d never come across it before then.
The Entrance of Opportunity
I live next to a park, and at the entrance there’s a short corridor of blossom trees.
A few months later, as Spring arrived,
I went to take some photographs of them in full bloom.
It was around this time that I’d decided to produce my own collection.
Initially inspired by experiences, feelings… moments.
Experiences that last,
moments that you cherish,
feelings that resonate.
I wanted to represent the quote in some way.
To integrate it, via the photographs, into my first collection.
To embody that sense of allowing the self to blossom,
to take a new leap,
and to believe in myself.
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect,
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the object it loves.”