Social distancing is tough. We don’t enjoy life as much when our universe shrinks. Our pool of interactive friends, family and co-workers decreases while our stress increases, creating an excruciating feedback which may amplify out of control.
As I thought about the negative connotation of the 6 foot social distancing exclusion, I tried to make something positive by symbolically making the 6 feet a measure of inclusion. In this gallery each image was made with the camera staying within the confines of a 6 foot radius (12 foot diameter) starting point. A ripe blackberry became the center of my circle. For 90 minutes, I stayed excluded/included within that circle. While my photographic universe may have diminished in size, I ended up seeing much more through this exercise. No camera is needed to sit and observe within our immediate space. As photographer Dorothea Lange observed, “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”
https://galleries.twolostsoulsart.com/Bens-Featured-Galleries/Art-Six-Feet-Apart/ to see the full gallery.
Bill George says
We, too have enjoyed the gift of more intimate time with our out doors! It is such a delight to feel a deeper shared connection with you and your spiritual eyes, Ben. Yesterday, ours was the discovery of a returned chipmunk, who took a look at us from her new front porch, after having escaped the discomfort of an unlikely hawk patiently waiting for an opportunity for a small snack! Would not have guessed it was a possibility after seeing small birds, even squirrels being “recycled into hawks”, to use Rudy’s words. The hawk and the successful “snack hunt” all took place within 20 ft. of my morning coffee ritual about 3 months ago. It was time for the family to move and only yesterday did we discover their new address!