Reconnecting • Se reconnecter – environmental portrait / portrait in-situ

September 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Reconnecting •  Se reconnecterReconnecting • Se reconnecterDidier Cayrac - Knole Park, Sevenoaks, UK

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Reconnecting... with nature, with what’s most important for us, with our soul maybe, is so vital – not only because it helps us keep our sanity, but also because it enables us to re-center ourselves, to find our inner peace, by getting in touch again with who we really are, and striving to ensure the choices we make daily are aligned with our deeper values and purpose. Mindfulness and other meditative practices are also a powerful way to do it.

Se reconnecter... avec la nature, avec ce qui est le plus important pour nous, avec nos âmes peut-être, est vital – non seulement parce que cela nous aide à garder notre équilibre, mais aussi parce que cela nous permet de nous recentrer, de retrouver une paix intérieure. En reprenant contact avec qui nous sommes « en profondeur », nous sommes plus à même d’aligner les choix que nous faisons au quotidien avec nos valeurs et buts. La mindfulness / pleine conscience et les autres pratiques méditatives dont d’autres voies puissantes pour cela.

How this portrait was made:

As soon as I saw this tree in Knole park (Sevenoaks, Kent, UK) I wanted to do a portrait with it (actually, in it). What is left of the tree gives a glimpse of how huge it must have been standing… Its two stumps, still stretched toward the sky, are highly evocative. The empty space its core and heart used to occupy is inviting.

Alison slipped in. The strong all natural rim light and dramatic sky obliged by creating natural leading lines complementing the tree’s. The vivid contrast between nature’s green and grey and Alison’s orange and blue enables her to stand out in spite of her relatively small size in the frame. The points of connection – physical with her left hand, and “spiritual” with her forehead appearing to almost touch the tree – are reinforced by the contrast and the guiding lines.

Comment ce portrait a été fait :

Dès que j’ai vu cet arbre à Knole park (Sevenoaks, Kent, Grande Bretagne) j’ai eu envie d’y faire un portrait. Ce qu’il en reste donne une idée de la taille imposante qu’il devait avoir quand il était complet… Les deux parties de sa souche, étirés vers le ciel, sont particulièrement évocatrices.

Alison s’est glissée dans l’espace que son « cœur » occupait. La lumière du soleil venant de l’arrière droit a permis d’accentuer le contraste du sujet en le « détourant ». Le ciel tourmenté complète par ses lignes de force celles de l’arbre, et le contraste entre le vert et gris de la nature et l’orange et bleu d’Alison lui permet de se détacher et d’être parfaitement lisible malgré sa relativement petite taille dans le cadre. Les points de « connexion » - physique avec sa main gauche, « spirituel » avec son front paraissant presque toucher l’arbre – sont renforcés par le contraste et les lignes de force de l’image.

More to come, stay tuned! / A suivre !


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