We are all connected...
Who are you connected to?
This Blog post draws inspiration from the title of an Ian Fleming short story, "A Quantum of Solace". It is one of the finest stories of human nature I have ever read or studied.
I realised that at our base level of humanity, we are all connected, there is no separation. When we loose a loved one or a relationship comes to an end, our instinctive need is to find and experience some measure of comfort to deal with our loss, our need or our emptiness. It is an awful human experience to have; and yet a required human experience.
When I saw the out pouring of thoughts and feelings on Facebook regarding David Bowie's passing I decided to revisit the artwork I had shot last year and to experience a place that has now become a shrine for a truly great resident of Brixton.
My experience today was extraordinary. The place was packed with people, their iPhones, taking pictures along side professional photographers with monster lens trying to sneak a shot; all united in the moment. A celebration of the life of a Brixton boy.
I too was connected in that moment.
I took shots of the artwork, now a shrine, the flowers and the crowd. I spotted one lady with tears in her eyes, she was sad, yet peaceful and serene. Photographers standing on benches and tables for a better vantage point. It was raining. Emotions were somber.
Through it all, I became intrigued by this outpouring of grief, love, sadness and expression. As I took my images, the eyes of Bowie's painting looked down on us all. I wondered what he thought of this all. He was connecting with us too!
A measure of comfort is hard wired into our DNA and it was a privilege to have this visceral experience today and to capture this moment.
I became present; let's make an effort to appreciate the people in our lives that matter most to us. Don't wait until it is too late. Send flowers today while our loved ones can still smell the roses.
As for David Bowie, I appreciated his genius for re invention, I loved his work on the Young Americans Album. I was blown away by his performance as Tesla in The Prestige. As showman, I appreciated his self expression.....without apology.
If there is one thing I will take away it will be...
To not remain attached to who I think I am.
I choose to be a fluid concept as a human being, ready to shift in the face of life, to create, to contribute, to love and to serve. Xx
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