Our friend, Joy Black, sent us this Tao quote, and it resonated with us. We set out to illustrate it our way, with photography. With the combination of poetic lighting and a beginner’s yoga practice, we attempted to make an image that evoked the emotions in the quote. New Year’s beckons resolutions and goals; we hope to start our New Year with a gentle, persistent approach.
“Nothing on earth is more gentle and yielding than water, yet nothing is stronger. When it confronts a wall of stone, it flows around it. Let this be a lesson in our lives. Be like water, gentle and flowing, but persistent. Perhaps your expectations of yourself and others are too high. Perhaps you are judging yourself and others too harshly. It is time to take a gentler approach to your life. It is time to treat others more gently as well. Know that, if you are willing to let go of past mistakes, resentments and judgments, you will reach a sense of peace in your life. Like water, you can reach your goal through allowing your energy to flow gently, rather than forcing it upon others.” ~ Tao Cards
Such a simple portrait still requires a lot of production. It’s not a single effort, but a collaboration between us, the designers in NYC, and the marketing folks at Dominion. As a team, we were able to create an image we are proud of.
This picture of using the rudder to steer the Godspeed reminds me of when I was standing the helm watches, steering the ship in the Mediterranean, while in the Navy. We had the kids running around, figuring out what was port and what was starboard…you gotta have fun on set!
We learned that squash is not only a Fall vegetable, but also a Summer one. The interpreters of the Native American Village teach the visitors how they prepared meals back in the day. You really learn how to scramble when you are set up for a cloudy day, and suddenly the sun pops through – while keeping the fire burning high, and managing the various groups of talent.