Nature is defined as the natural, physical or material world and universe. Innocence, for this purpose, is referring to the virginity or purity of something. We all enter this world innocent, naive and full of possibilities. It is nature’s way of moving forward, of endless new potential. The innocence of nature can be found in so many places, surrounding us daily. As humans it is how we begin…… but then society and other humans begin to impart their wisdom, opinions, and thoughts in hopes of shaping our minds and thoughts. Yet Nature remains innocent.
As we grow and learn, we often lose our innocent view and perspective. We begin to see the environment around us through different eyes, a different viewpoint. We start to lose the trust in others that we once had as a child, then it doesn’t matter who your parents are, the color of your skin or how much money your family makes. As small children, the only thing that matters is if you were nice to me today.
Sadly in a world that seems so divided, we all still begin this way ~ Innocent. Then we “grow up”. With the ability to do so many things, why can we not move forward in this one area…? Why do we still find ways to hate and/or kill each other?
The petals of one flower do not hate the petals of the one next to it. No, they compete for similar things, air, water, and nutrients; but one does not kill the other because it is purple and the other is pink.
Why do we, as humans, find it so easy to assume the worst of someone just because they are different in some way? Why do we feel the need to label and sort each other into categories like silverware in a drawer?
Just in the past several week’s events have transpired that makes me wonder about the future of humanity ~ not just the United States, but everyone. A mass shooting for no apparent reason, a Firefighter fired for bringing a watermelon to the station as a gift(this one has varying degrees of issues), several hurricanes and threat of nuclear bombs.
Somewhere along the way, humans lose their childlike eyes. We lose the ability to see people for who they are at the very basic core. Yes, I think this is true for everyone at some point as we grow, but I also believe that some gravitate back and reconnect with this ability. With the ability to see the spirit and soul within the body. To judge someone on their actions and nothing more.
Over the years, imagery and art have depicted the culture of humanity in the different regions; it has also, shaped and changed perceptions, provoked emotions and pushed for changes. Many visual artist hope for their work make a change in the world, one viewer at a time; I would be no different.
The capturing of a moment, the freezing of time so that is can be enjoyed, relived and learned from. Images such as those from Auschwitz Concentration camp, Japan after a Tsunami, those out of African nations, Texas post-Hurricane Harvey. Some of the images show despair, atrocities, while others bring a sense of community, hope, and togetherness. We can choose to learn from the images, to preserve the history and events so that we as humans can continue to learn, grow and become a better version of ourselves. It is our choice.
Beauty surrounds us, but often we do not take the time to slow down and really observe the world that surrounds us. Our non-observance of the world around us brings about many consequences, some of which can not be reversed. The environment and living creatures that our planet contains exist in a very symbiotic relationship. These ecosystems thrive when allowed to maintain the careful balance in the relationships. Without this balance, some creature, plant or animal, cease to exist. Everything found on the planet has a place in the balance, from weeds to people.
As an artist and a person, I feel a responsibility to show the beauty and innocence that is within our world. Beauty can be found within each subject if one just looks close enough.
Innocence is a state that we are all born into, but often changes for humans through their life’s experiences. Nature on the other hand keeps its state of innocence from birth to death. Nature’s Innocence is a collection of floral images, from the elegant to the wildflower, captured in a way to show the innocence and beauty contained within them all.
In today’s world, Nature’s Innocence is needed more than ever. We need to take our lessons from the very planet on which we live. We need to move back to an educated innocence.