‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.’
In The Little Book of Contemplative Photography, the author, Howard Zehr, suggests that once a week we spend at least 10 minutes with a selected photograph and then, he instructs;
‘As you do, consider three topics in this order:
1 I see (Describe: examine each object, each detail, the light etc. Associate: what are you reminded of by the shapes, juxtapositions etc?)
2 I feel (What do you feel as you look at the image?)
3 I think (Interpret and analyse)’
Not everyone enjoys being in the spotlight. Finding a peaceful spot away from the hassle of the modern world – somewhere to quietly reflect, meditate and generally sort things out – can help soothe the troubled mind. But too often sounds, lights, schedules etc intrude. As the poet William Wordsworth wrote, ‘The world is too much with us.’
The figure in the photograph is a small sculpture of the Weeping Buddha. It is believed by some that the Weeping Buddha takes away the grief and troubles of the world. In return, he bestow peace and provides strength to those who rub his back.
This broken down tree root in the New Forest evoked stories of events that occurred a thousand years ago. The Forest was created by King William I (William the Conqueror) when he ruthlessly drove the residents of 36 parishes from their homes in order to claim the land for his hunting activities. On William’s death, the Forest was inherited by his son, also a William (William Rufus) William Rufus was not popular and died in a shooting ‘accident’ in the forest, although there remains a strong suspicion that he was assassinated.
So, maybe William was here, even if this particular tree wasn’t!