They say the secret of success is being at the right place at the right time, but since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around.
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes
I have been a lifelong practitioner of this strategy without knowing it. That is the way I approach my creative times. I arrive at the "right place" and work hard to let go of any preconceived ideas of what I should be doing in the hopes that it will also be the "right time".
I wandered into this field without a thought of what to expect. I came to see the wonderful flow of colors and forms of these plants as they layered against each other. It was a more subtle vision than I was used to from my times in the Southwest, where most forms are clearly defined and contrasts between elements is greater.
It was visually pleasing and very fluid in its randomness. Yet it was photographically complicated.
I worked to make sense out of this spectrum of elements where many of the scenes had no central focus, only variations in colors and forms. Some had a central element, but many did not. I came to the point of wanting to see what could come from images without a clear central element.
The idea of what I wanted from this hour or so of wandering was not clear at first. I just started wandering and looking and collecting images, trying to see the unbeknownst path leading me further into this place. I became excited as I began to move from scene to scene with a slowly growing awareness of what I was looking for. I remember it was a time of seeing from an interior place where I was completely present to this time and space and utterly delighted with what I was seeing.
From well over one hundred images, I chose these eight. I did not know if this project would ever come to fruition until weeks later, when I began to look through all the images. Even then I did not know if this had been the "right place and right time". More inspiration came much as I started to process these images to see their potential. I then became aware that indeed I had been at the "right place and the right time".
My field sessions are for gathering the wood from which I would later build a fire. These images are the fire from the wood I collected that day.
This time I was at the right place at the right time. I just didn't know it until much later.