Click the link “Saying Goodbye” below. A beautiful video created by the talented Paul Gibbens, of Gibbens Creative in Erie, PA. A few moments of my latest levitation session was captured behind the scenes by Paul’s video talent, and I thought you all might enjoy watching! Thank you all, have a great week!
“Lost” ~ © Christine Erin Photography 2015
“For her, being lost was not in reference to geography, but about identity. To find out who she was meant to be and become, and to release the ties of what others thought she ought to be. To be lost is to be fully present and capable of being, amidst all uncertainty and mystery.”
This was the second fine art piece I completed using self-portraiture. We were shooting in an abandoned building, the old Watson Paper Factory in Erie, PA USA. Now overrun with homeless people, rotting paper and wood, and decaying and falling in ceilings and walls….it seemed an ideal location to shoot “Lost”.
I shot this with the help of a fellow friend and photographer. I dressed myself in a flowing ball gown for the contrast of the two ideals (decaying setting/building with formal dresswear). So many times in our lives, we try to be who others want and need us to be….and we forget (or ignore) the ideals and dreams we had for ourselves in the process. To follow your dreams takes courage, to ignore them may seem easy. Being who others expect us to be is certainly a road to less criticism from others…after all, we are making their lives easier . We are conforming. Upon doing so, that part of us…that innermost core of who we are supposed to be, gets lost. What a boring world this would be if we were all the same. We were all created uniquely. We all have a purpose in our life. We need to listen to our calling and explore it, follow it, nurture it, and see what path (or many paths) it will lead us down. We need to find out who we are. That’s why we are here on this earth.
It will be a mystery, and there will be much uncertainty. However, if you listen to the inner voice that is calling to you quietly, you will begin to discover yourself. I send out love to all of you who are on this path. It isn’t always the easiest one to take, but it is without a doubt the most fulfilling and leads to inner peace and happiness like you can’t imagine. ❤
© Christine Erin Photography 2015
My wordless Wednesday / photo of the day.
XOXO ~ Christine
© Christine Erin Photography 2015
Namasté- “My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.”
My latest fine art print, one I have been wanting to do for a long time, is finished! Levitation photography is fascinating to me. I hope you enjoy the final image as much as I enjoyed creating it! In light of all the current unrest in our world, I would like to say “Namasté to you all….and hope you find the light and love within yourself and others as much as possible. To quote John Lennon: “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”
XOXO ~ Christine
Through a few months of computer crashes, new hard drives, more computer crashes, and finally a new computer….I have decided to show my face again and get back to the weekly photo challenges! My, how I have missed the creativity they seem to inspire! This weeks photo challenge was “Two Subjects”. I find myself having a bit of spring fever on a day like today, and seem to have “silly” in my bones after being outside with the kiddos for a good part of the afternoon, so here you go:
The first time I visited Carl Sandburg’s North Carolina mountain home, I wasn’t quite sure who he was. I had been told repeatedly, though, that I needed to take my kids up to see the goats at Connemara, and to walk the trails offered for enjoyment there. It was free, with a small fee being charged only to tour the home. Here is a link with more information. http://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm
Since the first time that I went to Carl Sandburg’s home 2 years ago, we make it a “must see” place to visit each time that we come. The kids DO love to interact with the goats (especially in the spring when the babies are born!), but they also love to walk the trails, look at the waterfall, and see glassy mountain when they are there.
Now that our “baby” is almost 3 (too big to carry, yet too small to walk the 3 miles round trip)….you will not see images of the views of Big Glassy Mountain here today. But here is a little bit of eye candy of what Connemara farms has to offer, should you ever decide to make the trip. Enjoy~
How could I write a post about Historic Hendersonville without including some of the following images??? Chosen in black & white, as so to reflect the timelessness of the town. Come and take a walk down main street with me……
One of my favorite parts of downtown “Historic Hendersonville” is Main Street. It was established in the 1840’s, and still remains quaint and timeless in its beauty. While many (if not most) of the buildings on the main 7 block stretch are original….they are all transformed into a cultural and diverse display of modern tastes. One does not need to walk far to find fantastic food, chocolates, art, clothing, and trinkets of any kind. And I can’t write about downtown Hendersonville without mentioning the bears. No…not real bears, but the bear statues that are painted by local artists each year, and then auctioned off for local charities. You can read more about that here, if you like. http://www.hendersonvillebears.com/about/
I walked down Main Street a few days ago, camera in hand, to take pictures of a few of my favorite spots. I ended up coming home with over 150 pictures. Just of 6 blocks. As I poured over them, I couldn’ t decide which to share. There is a place in my heart for every store that I love on Main street. Every historic thing. The kind store owners who always have time to talk, to help… to share their knowledge or their recipes or their directions to the best hidden spots to visit in these mountains. So rather than post over 150 images of the entire street, I decided to do a 2 part series, and narrow it down to my favorite three places in part 1. The places I always visit when I walk these streets, because something always draws me back time and time again.
Now….I am sure I would get arguments from many on what THEIR favorite haunts are in Hendersonville. And they would all have their points, as these places all have special enticements to each unique individual. However, these are my PERSONAL favorites…and I am glad to have the opportunity to share them with any of you who are reading. I hope you all have the chance to visit someday……there really is no place like Main Street.
My Favorite Art Gallery
My Favorite Restaurant
- Ahhhh…..the Never Blue. While there are many fantastic restaurants in town, this one is a “MUST VISIT” for me, every time.
Kids Top Pick: The Toy Store!
Every once in a while, you end up with a day that is almost perfect.
Today was that day.
We all need those days to hold on to. For on those other kinds of days, the not so nice days, we need to have these pages in time to pull out…..to dust off ……and to remember.
Do YOU remember?
You have them, too.
If you close your eyes and let your mind go, you will find yourself there. Back to one of those special places on a special day…..that day that was as close to perfect as days can be.
Today was day 4 of my visit to the NC mountains. Today, not only did I get to have a fantastic visit with a dear friend, I got to go waterfall hiking with my most treasured of all people….my family. We went to Pisgah National Forest and hiked to Toms Spring Falls (a.k.a Daniel Ridge Falls). One of the most beautiful places to be in WNC is in Pisgah, as no matter what you are looking for (vistas, waterfalls,streams, pathways, bridges)…it can be found there.
Here are a few snapshots into my day. And if I ever get lost, if I ever can’t seem to locate these images in my mind, thank God I can come back here. Thats the beauty of photo blogging. 🙂
This morning I awoke to my former life. I was back in North Carolina. Back in the mountains. Back to the place I used to call HOME.
I made my morning coffee and waited patiently, looking out the window into the receding darkness.
The sun started to rise. The colors emerged. The peace in my soul started flowing again.
Nothing could be more simple than that.