What You Seek…

Is seeking you

Jimmy’s Tree

This tree has lived a long time. Longer than the landlords who own this land know actually .

Trees have a different sense of time than we short lived humans do. It’s sheltered many animals over the years. Squirrels, woodpeckers. Seen many people through good times and hard ones.

Provided sheltering cover during hard times.

This tree has given so much. And has in return been loved.Friends have gathered around and beneath her. Gardens have grown. Love has come and gone. Children once small are now adults flying free from the nest.A full harvest of love and loss, the full spectrum of life has danced here. And now, some say it’s time for tree to be cut down. It’s limbs are old and brittle. They could fall and cause injuries.

What if there was a different story?

The tree might be tended. Yes, she is elderly, requiring care.

But so don’t we all?

What if we made that offering?

Shared our love for the community and sheltered a little longer under here sweet branches, sang a few more songs, danced slowly into the twilight together?

Portraits in Meditation

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Thanks to Samara of @blueislandmedicine for braving the October chill and encountering your ideas about coldness with a fresh approach.

Salutes to all the creative ladies out there digging in every single day to find strength, courage and the superpowers to carry on. It’s not easy but the choice is to live without the vital juice of life.

Our focus determines our reality.

Meditation and other mindfulness practices help us stay flexible and alive to the magic of life.

I’m working on a series of portraits of people sitting in meditation to explore the nature of stillness using my camera. Some of the exposures ate quite long, from a minute or two up to an hour.

Often we focus these days on efficiency and speed but I feel we need to ask is speed always necessary?

I believe it’s important to slow down and discover our lives as they unfold letting go of the same old stories we tell ourselves and instead encounter our life afresh.

I welcome you to join the exploration by sitting for a portrait and sharing your experiences with practicing mindfulness any form.

Sony Alpha Female

I’m thrilled to say that I completed an application for the @sony_alpha_female grant in support of my work in Lake Superior, one of the world’s most important sources of fresh water.

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I want awaken people through love rather than fear or anger to our deep inter-being with our planet.
We we can create space for allowing peaceful silence to develop then we can see clearly and listen deeply to wisdom and yearnings of our heart and mind, in the same way we can hear the heart and consciousness of the planet – in each case, what’s most deeply required is compassionate care and attention which nurtures rather than destroys.
I could never do this without the support of my family, friends, collectors and all the believers in me and my work.
The award is HUGE: $25k, $5k in killer Sony gear and mentoring (@cristinamittermeier please!!)

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This award would allow me to spend every day making new photos to show the dramatic changes in the coastline in real time, as well as creating platforms to share it and engage local insiders by giving them more of a voice with their own cameras, educational workshops in photography and storytelling, exhibitions and other modes of bearing witness. Podcasts of interviews. A book.
Cross your fingers for me will you? The results will be out mid-October, so yay, not long to wait.

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Flash Print Sale

Flash Print Sale:

Please share with anyone who might resonate with this. (Thank you.) Here’s one of the images (on a contact sheet) I made up on Lake Superior from my most recent trip.

This location is about 10 hours from the city of Chicago and extremely quiet; The only sounds are the crashing of waves, the creaking of tree branches, and the subtle slipping of earthy clay underfoot as it gives way to erosion, a process exacerbated by climate change.

This pair of trees still stands tall at the edge of the cliff yet I know that quite likely they too will topple, claimed by the Lake.

I wonder at how we and the trees are alike, here for a time, our existence fragile and fleeting.

This land literally changes moment by moment. By the time I’m up there next time this landscape will look completely different.

When you purchase one of these prints you get a little moment of wild beauty, pure wilderness, and a reminder of our connection to the great wild spaces and the solace of solitude they offer amidst the hue and cry of every day life and work.

We must do what we can to protect these beautiful places. At the same time they remind us to attend gently into our own hearts and minds with quiet compassion and care.

Prints are available of this image in a flash sale for $100 each in support my ongoing work investigating the place of human beings as part of the web of inter- existence of all things, and about the cycles of life from birth to death.

Send me an email to purchase your print.

Deadline for this flash sale for this piece is Sunday, October 7.

All prints will be handmade on archival fiber 8×10 paper. Image size is 5 x 5.

Thanks so much for your consideration. Prints may be sent anywhere in the world. Shipping additional based on location.

Flash Print Sale

Here’s one of the images I made up on Lake Superior from my most recent trip.

This location is about 10 hours from the city of Chicago and extremely quiet; The only sounds are the crashing of waves, the creaking of tree branches, and the subtle slipping of earthy clay underfoot as it gives way to erosion, a process exacerbated by climate change.

From time to time as trees plunge into the lake as their roots finally let go of the land, and plummet into Lake Superior , they make a sound unlike anything I’ve quite heard before.

This land literally changes moment by moment. By the time I’m up there next time this landscape will look completely different.

When you purchase one of these prints you get a little moment of wild beauty, pure wilderness, and a reminder of our connection to the great wild spaces and the solace of solitude they offer amidst the hue and cry of every day life and work.

We must do what we can to protect these beautiful places. At the same time they remind us to attend gently into our own hearts and minds with quiet compassion and care.

Prints are available of this image in a flash sale for $100 each in support my ongoing work investigating the place of human beings as part of the web of inter-existence of all things, and about the cycles of life from birth to death.

Send me an email or call to purchase your print now.

Deadline for this flash sale for this piece is Sunday, October 7.

All prints will be handmade on archival fiber 8×10 paper. Image size is 5 x 5.

 

Jevon, ving tsun fighter

This is Jevon, ving tsun fighter.

It bears frequent repeating that the study of martial arts, real martial arts, [not fight club, mma, ring fighting with its rules and referees, (nothing could be more ridiculous or self serving, people playing at fighting for a fistful of dollars and dreams of personal fame and glory- scenarious in which the real goal is for the promoters to make the big cash and treat the men and women in the ring as mere pawns, who allow themselves to be played till they’re too broken to be in the ring any more and then the money machine moves on, leaving them to fend for themselves.) ] –

-real martial arts is about working towards peace in your own heart and mind; about being present to the suffering of others and offering assistance to those who need it. It’s about the discipline of the daily hard work to train forms over and over, to practice with the intention to be a little better every single time, to refine the techniques and to forge the spirit into something more pure and strong, so it can face the challenges and real perils of every day life.

We need more peace and inner strength today, not more anger and brutality. These are values that can be gained through true traditional practice- this is what students learn in the lineage of Ip Man, Ip Ching and Matt Johnson.

Ving tsun teaches the practitioner to prevail and be part of something larger than themselves.

Artist portraits

Artist portrait: @yizhi_zou

If you’re an artist and need a portrait, let’s talk. I offer studio portraits in my studio or yours, with your work or without. We collaborate to make something beautiful.

Call or email me to arrange a call to talk and imagine and make your booking. Rates vary depending on what we do. Most range between 200-600. You and I share copyright so you can use them however you like. I ask that you credit the work as shot by me.

312-714-4563 hillaryjohnsonphotographer at gmail

Thanks!

Flash Portrait Sale

Little Reggie is ready for a party. He says, “Don’t forget the biscuits!”

Celebrating love for dogs is one of my favorite things. I’d love to help you celebrate yours with a portrait of your buddy and you. Time passes so fast, let’s capture some of that love together.

Flash sale for summer pup portraits is on. Usually $400 for two hour shoot in my studio and the early 19th century garden here, now $300 and $50 goes to the animal rescue group of your choice.

Email or call for getting yours booked by Wednesday evening June 6th, by 9pm to get the deal.

312-714-4563

hillaryjohnsonphotographer at gmail.com