THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S COMMENTS
The Healing Presence
If I were a horse, I wood (sic) run through the mountains and valleys at
-Patricia, Age 5-
The feeling of freedom is, for me, exhilarating. Nothing expresses that more
than clouds. The clouds are constantly moving, being shifted by the winds. The
shapes are there and then they are not. I am reminded of sacred sand paintings,
seen in ceremony and erased. However, I am a photographer. My job, to my way of
thinking, is to reveal through the medium the invisible and fix a place or a
scene permanently in time and space for a potential viewer.
In 2009/2010 I spent time teaching in the Honors Program at the University of
New Mexico in Albuquerque. It was a wonderful experience. I became influenced by
the diversity of culture and for this sky project the Native American
spirituality, nature and the voices of parallel worlds. One cannot help but be
affected by such space, long and wide vistas where the earth touches the sky. It
is said that sky is masculine and earth is feminine. Where they meet a creative
power is released.
In the Native culture, the meaning of what makes a mountain or a place sacred is
that it is so mysterious and beautifully inspiring that one cannot hold a bad
thought when observed or meditated upon. Likewise, these photographs by their
nature will promote a positive feeling and, therefore, evoke a shift or a
healing energy within the viewer.
In addition these images suggest unity in spirituality. The “heart-shaped cloud”
image represents the center, the Christ, the whole, the one. The others
represent the spiritual helpers, power animals, bodhisattvas, angels, and
As abstract patterns, more specific than spatters of paint on a flat surface or
the random designs found in floor tiles, these pictures of clouds stand as
portals into the world of shamanic wisdoms. They offer thoughts of freedom from
the entrapment of suffering.
To be in the world but not of it is certainly the road less traveled and the
most challenging for there are no earthly rewards for this choice- only peace.
A. J. Meek
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