By Kathy Kruger
My blog posts are often around a thousand words, and you know the saying about a picture…
I like to try to inspire you to think about balance in different ways, through a yin yang approach, and how it plays out in daily life, and sometimes photos illustrate this so perfectly.
I love this picture, snapped two years ago while we were hiking up to the top of The Chief, the giant sandstone monolith (the second largest in the world) that stands guard over the town of Squamish and the beautiful Howe Sound, where we lived in Canada during 2011.
Seeing such a big boulder just balanced so close to the edge of the cliff is a real reminder of how nature finds ways to balance things that really look like they should succumb to gravity.
In this photo I could be holding the rock up (or leaning against it for a breather before we climbed the rest of the way to the top).
When we reached the summit, the 360 view was a perfect balance of the beautiful water vista of Howe Sound, with mountains encircling all around – sea and sky, water and mountains, yin and yang.
We’d just returned from New York when we climbed the Chief, and I found myself searching for balance in the Big Apple too.
Visually, we naturally seek balance – in the way we design our cities, in the way we frame a photograph.
Balance doesn’t have to mean symmetry – asymmetrical photos are generally more interesting than formally ‘balanced’ photos (well I’m no photography expert, but Darren Rowse is.)
I don’t know what sort of balance it is in the photo below, but to me both the cherry blossoms and the girl are equally beautiful! Different, but rendered the same in beauty.
The thing is balance is most often about the mix of things in our lives, rather than a measure of exact ingredients. Think of the balance of flavours achieved in a yummy dish, or the balance of colours and textures, shapes and sizes in interior design.
Balance is an art, not a science – the only formula I reckon is being centred within ourselves which allows us to be open to change, to experimenting with colour and form, with different energies, the yin and yang of life.
There is no right or wrong with art, just as there is no good or bad with balance – it is simply about being poised at a point (that would be NOW), calm and content, knowing that life (which art imitates) will find new expression every day. Artfully, eloquently and sometimes rather ungracefully.
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (which snuck up this week with the long weekend and end to school holidays, SIGH).
Love to know how you are going to balance things in the busy lead-up to Christmas – let me know in the comments? Is balance for you more about art, science, or just good luck?
And please don’t forget my Smile Project – send in your smiles and consider donating to support surgery for children born with cleft lips and palettes. Thank you.