What do you hear when you look at this photo? Not a question you are normally asked or even think about when viewing a photo. If you look close enough, though, you may be able to imagine what a place might sound like. What sounds can you imagine now?
We are a busy people. We rush off to work, pick up the kids, and attend family functions. It seems rare now-a-days to just stop. When we do we feel exhausted.
The Into the Rock Project was partially born from screaming at the world to be QUIET. Several years ago, I lost myself in the simple act of being busy. I worried, my health suffered, and the world did not make sense.
I found a way out. It involved escaping. Escaping back to nature.
The long walks I would take on empty trails, slowly released the tension that the world had thrust upon me. The sound of boots on loose earth and birds calling in a thick forest became the background noise for those first explorations.
It would take well over a mile for the self-chatter to settle down and the fog of the mind to lift. What was left was quiet and calm. Soon, creative thoughts would seep out of the corners of my mind where they had been waiting until it was safe to come out of hiding.
That to me is what represents the photos in this project, a sense of quiet. Not absent of all sound, but similar to a library where everyone talks in whispers, as to not disturb the seeking of knowledge.
PHOTO LOCATION: Jackson Falls Area, near Ozark Illinois
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