In the Moment – Photo by Jed

In the Moment

In the Moment

This is one of my favorite photographs – for more personal reasons, which are inherent in the title. I have lived a very full life, yet sometimes the dark side of fullness is a cacophony of too much thinking and doing. Too much time in my head analyzing and labeling things, and too much time preoccupied with the future. Some philosophers have called it “intellectual violence”.

When I look back at this photo I’m reminded to “Be here now.” This photo was taken near the lovely Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, south of Montalcino (think spectacular Brunello wines) in Tuscany. I come across reflective moments like this in many rural Italian areas. In Umbria, I often see my neighbor, a woman in her 70’s, sitting out on her top step with her walking cane leaning against her, while she gazes, seemingly for hours, across her fields of vegetables to the spectacular mountain vista that surrounds all of us. Some people might look at the lives of such “salt of the earth” people and think they have boring repetitive lives. Maybe there is spaciousness and freedom in such lives that aren’t filled with non-stop “doing” or over-crowded by a world of constant digital connectedness. I suspect many of these people are more alive than we can imagine.

I pray to live a life outside of my head, and to reside more in my heart. I pray to experience truly what is right in front of me, right now.

To see this and other photographs and paintings be sure to visit my online gallery.

By |2015-11-10T19:35:43+02:00March 19th, 2015|Black & White|2 Comments

About the Author:

I’m an American expat living in Italy!

2 Comments

  1. Susan March 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Hi jed. I hope to meet you sometime when you are here to stay. I loved the photo. It was very peaceful and reminds me why I have always loved Italy.Love your writing style as well.

    • Jed March 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Susan. I’m glad you like the photo. It is one of my favorites. As an artist and photographer I’m finding it interesting and gratifying to write about my paintings and photographs, and to share what attracted me to the subject matter. Normally, when I choose to paint or photograph something, I follow my intuition. Articulating what that intuition led to is almost like retrospective journaling. We’ll be back in Umbria very soon, so let’s plan to meet soon. I very much look forward to it!

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