SPALDING-SMITH

        The native language of rocks - Buddha's Eye collection

“The central epiphany in every religious belief occurs in the wilderness. Buddha had to go to the wilderness to experience self-realization. Mohammed had to go to the wilderness to have his central revelation. Moses went into the wilderness for 40 days to get the commandments. Christ had to go into the wilderness for 40 days to experience his divinity for the first time. The wilderness has always played a critical role. It's where human beings most easily sense the divine." 
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“As I get older, I feel a greater need to be in nature. I have been searching for a way to have my works convey the deep spiritual connectedness I feel when in nature. The “Buddha’s Eye” series has its genesis in the coastal rocks of British Columbia. It is a tribute to the beauty and solace that nature accords, sometimes in the least obvious of places. 

My old way of approaching my subject matter was technical and studied, using a checklist of rules governing light, composition, texture etc. My main concern was what the final print would look like. I came to realize that using this approach to photograph nature resulted in a “disconnect” with the spirit that had been at the heart of the process. I needed to find a way to communicate through the camera while remaining fully present to the source of the inspiration. 
This led to a radical shift in the way I take a photograph. My new process finds me engaging in an active “visual conversation” with nature, rather than remaining an outside observer. This conversation is an ongoing meditative exercise, which allows new discoveries to emerge throughout the creative process.
FSS

40 x 40 archival pigment prints on canvas

Exhibited:
Beaulieu sur Dordogne 2014
Galerie Atmosphère 2010
Jeremy Maude Gallery 2009
The Legacy Gallery 2009
British Columbia museum of Mining 2008
Kay Meek Centre 2008
Vancouver International airport 2007
Hornby Island 2007

Quotes from the Visitor’s Book from the inaugural exhibition of
Buddha’s Eye Aug 31-Sept 3, 2007

  • The artistry of feminist perspective. Georgia O’Keefe and Emily Carr insights and sensuality and spirituality

  • Vivid colours, abstract and arresting images. Great shadow capture – an amazing body of work

  • A very intelligent exhibition - depth - power - congrats

  • The work of a rare, true artist – the vision and the realization of that vision. 

  • Wonderfully bold and beautiful. Keep wanting to touch them.

  • The stones and formations which shift from moment to moment with the light are beautifully captured here. An homage to what is – and to what we may witness.

  • Stunning – diverse ( Blake to Emily Carr to spacewalk)

  • Breathtaking, brilliant, seeing these rocks as sacred. Thank you for your vision.

  • Exquisite celebration! Thank you for nourishing my soul!

  • Beautiful composition and continuity in your work. You have presented the tools of photography and imaging at a new exciting level.

  • How can one put in words the feelings this work evokes? I can’t. My eyes fill!

 

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