About Love, Life, and Art
During this very particular period we are living in, my wife Anca and I have spent all the time together in our studio. In this series, perhaps as a natural continuation of my Equinox series, I have focused my camera on the love we share for each other, the love we have for life, and art.
Love. Since it is a symbol, since it describes a human emotion, how can we clearly and utterly understand or explain the significance of love and not what this particular word contains? Can a single word, a single unit of language, cover the fullness of human emotion? What does the word manage to contain, and from and what for is it actually coming?
Among other descriptions, Oxford English Dictionary defines Love as being a feeling or disposition of deep affection or fondness for someone typically arising from a recognition of attractive qualities, from natural affinity, or from sympathy, a feeling or disposition of benevolent attachment experienced towards a group or category of people, but it also defines it as an abstract quality or principle.
The Japanese language uses three words to convey the English equivalent of Love while the ancient Greeks identified four forms of love: kinship or familiarity (storge), friendship or platonic desire (philia), sexual or romantic desire (eros), and self-emptying or divine love (agape).
No matter what language we use we cannot define and describe what Love is with a single word, no matter what word we chose since Love is All That Is. It is all that we don’t recognise and yet we recognise. It is absolute peace, it is the expression of our souls, it is the infinite creation, it is the highest energetic level that we as human beings aspire to achieve. Furthermore, love fuses together also all the feelings, the emotion that has a creative component, that has joy and peace and harmony, that is a true expression of the self.
Many times we tend to separate the concept of love from the concept of life. We, in our separated portions, within our perception of separation in which we live our life’s we don’t always understand that each element contains all the other elements.
Love is emotion, life is emotion, art is emotion. Nevertheless, we cannot speak about love without including life, we cannot speak about life without including love, and we cannot speak about art without including both the concept of love and the concept of what we call life. In a way they are the same, they are the same thing separated by our perception in different things that appear to us, that are not necessary or fully or completely connected.
If we understand that life is love, when we fully and completely feel that life is love, many if not all of our judgements, or of what we call scale of evaluation will fall into nothingness. In a complete state of love, of unconditional love, we will hold no judgement and life on Earth will look completely different than the one that we see now.
When we look at an “object” that we find in the nature, that we label it as being created by the nature, not by the human mind, or hand as we might say, we perceive its beauty, we perceive life in that form and at the same time, we consider it to be a natural form of art, a different kind, a different expression of what we would label as art, that has nothing to do with the human hand, in which we believe and perceive that God was the artist.
But all the trees and all the elements that we perceive in our life are in truth our creation, our collective consciousness keeps this Earth into its very form as we perceive it, as we taste it, or smell it, or touch it, and eventually admire it.
We are all the artists of this world, we create life all the time in the same fashion as we create our bodies which intrinsically is an act of creation, the only difference with this process is that we do not usually describe the World as being Art.
Art is nothing more than an expression of the love for life that resides within the artist. In all its various forms it is an expression of life itself, it is an expression of the artist’s souls.
We, all the humans, are creators, we are each our own artist, and we project our inner dreams and desires, our inner visualizations upon the canvas we call life. We can however consider that the artists are just a different kind of creators. Every piece of art comes from an emotionality or from different beliefs that are entwined with the true expressions of the artist’s souls therefore each artwork is actually a perfect extension and expression of the artist’s souls.
The artistic impulses are the very expression of our individuality, not only as human personalities but part of the individuality of the source we are coming from. They hold great authenticity and those around an artwork may perceive this unperceivable energy that they carry.
We cannot separate therefore and break into different concepts and speak separately about love, life, and art. Life is love, love is life, and art is an expression of the love for life that one holds in his being.
The series comprises 30 photographs.
Hand Printed on B&W Ilford Baryta Paper
Matt Coating · Double Weight · 255 gsm · Fibre Base