Whether calm reflection, inspiration or motivation is your desire, you will find it among these images. Each photo is enhanced by an aptly chosen quotation. Reflect on each saying separately, or view each one in harmony with the chosen photo. This up-lifting collection is an antidote to the images of gloom and doom filling up the daily news. Allow this splendid digital-presentation to ignite your own inspiration and creativity!
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While not every viewer enjoys the same view — some have a passion for mountains, some long for the sight of the prairie, and others thrill to the bronze of a sculpture — these photos allow for multiple subjects and perspectives. The detail in each one is unique and exquisite, and the colours are remarkable.
These are the renderings of an artist at work, and not merely someone taking a selfie or a quick vacation picture. One is not only a viewer of the visual, but also drawn into the vicarious experience of all the senses: strong olfactory scents — the pungent smell of lush green fields of grass and the freshness of mountain air, the sound of a waterfall or footsteps across a bridge, and the taste of finely brewed tea.
Also, the sense of touch is everywhere present in the tactile quality of a bronze sculpture, the silky feel of petals between thumb and finger, or the roughness of a horse’s mane on the palm of one’s hand. Paradoxically, these photos can both calm the senses and stimulate them, at the same time.
Moreover, one can imagine movement within the images, although the pictures are obviously still: the water flowing, the birds soaring, the petals of flowers opening, the horse lifting its head to a loud sound, the tree branches swaying. There really are no limits to the possibilities.
Furthermore, to the creative mind these photos might over-lap one another, or be juxtaposed. These photos provide images, metaphor, symbols that can be used for further inspiration by not only other visual artists, but also fiction writers and poets. Further, they can be considered as great story-starters for teachers and other educators at all grade levels. They can even prove inspiring to ESL instructors who want to introduce their students to the delights of Canada in a pleasant, relaxing, and uplifting way.
Thus, these photos extend, expand, reach out, reach across so the observer becomes both the viewer and participant bringing his or her own gifts of a unique vision or aesthetic to each picture. In this way, these pictures provide connectedness to all things and the global community — a sense of wholeness, completeness and ultimately pure beauty.