|"Darkness Falls" Snowdonia © Glyn Davies 2011 (Click the image for purchase details)|
On one of my low days, under a gloomy blanket of dull weather with a forecast of heavy drizzle, I headed mid-afternoon for the Welsh hills. I just needed to get out, I'm on the edge at the moment, one of my edges anyway, and I needed mental space, away from the labour of running a business, the endless steering clear of business debt, of creating beauty just to pay bills - away from the proliferating spores devouring the rotting cake of photography - and away from incapable, sad little trolls which pop up ugly heads in an on-line world. I just needed to connect with something beautiful, genuine, real, elemental, natural and above all worthy.
It's funny really, but the dark weather, the impending gloom, the threat of a downpour, the complete lack of any people on the hills, the quiet, the isolation, the wet earth underfoot, the raven circling in and out of the swirling low cloud - all served to remind me that even the most wonderful aspects of my world, are often naturally dark, and even inhospitable - so why do I think that the endlessly aggressive, peace-incapable mess of humanity should be any different ? Just as in landscape, there are many sunlit bright moments between the wars, and a mass of beauty and compassion within the human world, but it's so sad that within such a very short space of time, storms, thunder and lightning return.
There is no way to have endless perfect weather, and there is no way I can expect humans to be perfect, but I do know that in my rather blessed life compared with many, I'd rather put up with nature's awesome natural weather, than the non-spiritual stupidity of human aggression and cruelty. Isolated areas of landscape will always be my preferred spiritual home, and it's only a minority of a few wonderful people who give me any sort of hope for humanity.
All words and images © Glyn Davies 2011
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