Life

You and I by Carlos Ocando


The same history told over and over again
never tired of your beauty I grow
a message that resonates with my soul
you and I forever together and alone
eternal bliss I feel inside Gaia’s womb

My enemy and my friend
I fear you and love you
I destroy you and I create you

Dichotomy to the eye of the beholder
Happiness to the eye of the lover
Sadness to the eye of the scared
Perfection to the eye of the wise
What to do I don’t know

I let the perfection of this moment direct me
The wisdom of my instincts show me what my eyes cannot see,
my ears cannot hear, and my hands cannot touch…
Infinite light opening the path into my heart

Blackness and lightness combined…
I love me, I love you, I love us

Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando
 

Thank you by Carlos Ocando

Today I want to thank my parents for their support during all my life. They have supported me in my career change, giving me the emotional and material support to make this dream a reality. We spend many years of our life taking for granted the support from our family. Today I want you to know mom and dad that I love you very much, and that I appreciate all the unconditional support and love that you have given me all my life. You are the pillars that support everything that I am today.

Thank you.

Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando

A Blessing in Disguise. by Carlos Ocando

 © Carlos Ocando, 2013.

© Carlos Ocando, 2013.

With the advent of digital photography many photographers started to worry that the end of professional photographers had just begun. Now everybody has a camera with them and are able to take photos which are at least acceptable for most of the people. But I think this is a blessing. An opportunity for all the photographers in the world to open their minds to go beyond the technician vision and embrace an artistic vision of the world.

Leave on the side all concerns about cameras, lenses and lighting equipment to focus on emotion, beauty, composition, aesthetics and expression. To let the light be the guide, the master of the play of life and shape our message with light, shadow, texture and color. 

This happened many years ago with the invention of photography. Less and less artist where commissioned to document events and portraits, many where worried because many would be left with no job or place in the world. But in the end was a blessing, many artist saw this as an opportunity to explore the world in a new way. They where free to explore their medium with no worry about their reality representation, exploring individualities as light, texture, form, shape, abstraction. Giving birth to movements as to important movements such as impressionism and cubism. 

Now as photographers we also have this opportunity. We must connect with the spirits of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and many others who where recognized for their artistic and technical abilities. Accept this blessing and open yourself to this new free world of expression, beauty and emotion.

Chances by Carlos Ocando

In life we get many opportunities to do whatever we want to do. It is our job to follow our heart in the direction that we want to move. To me this has been very difficult because I have a tendency to evaluate and judge each decision that I want to take. I have the tendency to overthink everything combined with the mighty hammer of the judge in my head is very difficult to make a decision.

The “follow your heart” approach is my favorite and the one that I least use. Don’t be like me, take the hammer and trow it out of your life. Tell that horrible judge to go play and let you do what you love. Photography is my passion. When I’m outside with my camera I talk to her (yes it is a she), talk to my subjects (mostly trees), and sing out of happiness and joy. I’m going to follow my bliss and keep doing what I love, no more excuses, no more fear, no more…

As a gift from myself you get a free YES to whatever your heart calls you to do (something positive please!). Just write me a comment and I will answer with a Yes directly from my heart. My friend you can do it.