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The Column is a monthly feature that explores the world of creativity and aesthetics.

The Beauty of Natural Things

We build great buildings with our hands, write poetry with skills of the mind, and make music in a place still very much a mystery to us. These uniquely human activities require our conscious effort and exacting attention, and in such a place of creativity our minds are enlivened, our hearts touched, often in the most unexpected of ways. It is tempting to think we are the masters of this gift of making, yet so often it is the place, the moment and what our senses gather, that sparks our journey into the unknown realm.

Wave Upon Wave

The forces of nature have crashed against this ancient coastline for countless years and continues to break the hard set clay so the sea is left heavy with gray. Stand and the light will change, the air will change. To record something of this you must become a vessel with little of yourself left. Choose your medium and capture the faintest of reflections of what it is to be in that place. If an open heart and good judgment is on your side, some small nugget will remain of the experience.

Lyme Regis Dorset, High Tide - click the image to enlarge

Lyme Regis Dorset, High Tide  - click to enlarge

The Choices We Make

As I walk on this beach in the early morning I see countless choices before me - many fail to capture what I wish to convey, others I do not make might far better connect this place than those I alight upon. The low sun, the crisp edge of moist stone, the life of plants ripped fresh from their home by waves since spent. I could point my lens to the floor of pebbles and washed up seascape, perhaps that would suffice - but then again, pure chance is a choice that I value less. I want what small thing I keep to be part of a larger picture.

Pebbles at Sidmouth - click the image to enlarge

Pebbles at Sidmouth  - click to enlarge

One Thing Leads To Another

How many waves per minute, per hour, per day rush across this sand. There are countless opportunities to be a part of this landscape, to become a part of the picture.

Gentle Incoming Tide - click the image to enlarge

Gentle Incoming Tide  - click to enlarge

The beauty of natural things surrounds us - it is up to us to take that short step into this moment. The time is now and always will be. No past or future permits our presence, our choice is always of this time. Be a part of it.


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Authors background
Mike de Sousa is the Director of AbleStable®. Mike has been commissioned as an artist, music composer, photographer, print and web site designer, and author. Mike is also the Creative Director of 2BrightSparks, a software company.

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