When I discovered my passion for photography, water drops became a constant source of zen-like inspiration and, to this day, remain an unparalleled liberation from stress. The process of capturing the elements in a macro environment proved an exercise in psychological and spiritual awakening, as I began to appreciate the shapes and their messages, and how those messages related to my personal life experience.
And for more than 8 years, I have been capturing these images, collecting them... thousands of them... discovering their messages, adapting my own spirituality to understand their hidden meanings.
Prepping for, and post-processing, these images became a meditation, a religion in which I was immersed in the understanding of my own psyche. Every image pulled from me, from my very center, a study of my own emotional capacity and opened up for me a world of inspiring possibility.
Earlier this year, I began to revisit these images and study their messages, to define them by my own experience with them. They took on personality and identities and, in the end, came together as a family of observations that became a working oracle for my spiritual practice.
The colors for these images were achieved through the use and strategic placement of backgrounds, scrap papers, the photographs I'd taken of flowers and wildlife, and camera settings that allowed these backgrounds to blend and blur in a cohesive, colorful whole, so all that remained was the flow of water.
My first printing of this deck, pictured above, was an opportunity to express my own weaknesses and strengths by choosing images and keywords that best represented my experiences, life lessons and goals. Some photos used were imperfect, out of focus, and poorly executed, having been chosen from a very early collection of images, when my understanding of the photographic process was still quite raw. But.... this deck was perfectly suited to me. And from this initial exercise, a larger, more comprehensive deck was born.
This 80-card deck will be available for pre-order soon and I'm really excited to share this experience with others. It's been a passion project of mine, one which is far from over, as I work towards embracing a spiritual, photographic relationship with the other elements!