Sunday, March 6, 2016

Flow Like Water In Photography

Industrial Sink - Fontana, California
Flow like water. When I read that phrase today I really had to stop and ponder the meaning. What is it to flow like water? What does this metaphor mean?

An obvious meaning is to go with the flow (another metaphor). Be relaxed and accept whatever life throws your way. Don't try too hard to control the situation. Be serendipitous.

Then I thought that water is a powerful force. It can carve massive canyons. It can create great devastation. A drop of water is seemingly small and weak, yet our world is continuously shaped by it.  Perhaps flow like water means to shape your world. Be a force. Carve your own landscapes, so to speak.

Water is essential to life. You cannot live any longer than three days without water. 60% of the human body is water and 71% of the Earth's surface is water. Water is critical, and without it you are a dying desert. Maybe flow like water means to be life to a dry and thirsty world. Bring life to the lifelessness around us. Be refreshing.

I think that to flow like water is a combination of all of those definitions. Go with the flow but with an unstoppable determination and a higher purpose than yourself.

Serendipity. Determination. Purpose. Those all define flowing like water in photography. Keep this in mind when you are out with a camera in hand.

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