Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

November 23, 2010

Each Moment is a Chance to Die, A Chance to Renew

Filed under: Arizona, Photography — Tags: , , , , , , , — Laurent @ 12:32 pm

Young Aspens in the Kaibab National Forest

As I drove through dirt roads of the Kaibab National Forest and saw how much had been burned, much like the Santa Catalinas near where I live, I was filled with a sadness – life was destroyed.  And yet, in a microcosmic way, we are constantly dying and being reborn.  Each breath we take, our bodies tear down and rebuild.  Each moment, thought pass through our mind and are gone.  Just as the forest was renewing with these young saplings, life goes on.  Life is hard, but it moves on.  Stasis is never good. We hurt more when we hold on to that which was.

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November 15, 2010

Why do I Photograph what I photograph?

Filed under: Arizona, Photography — Laurent @ 10:02 am

Guy Tal has a very thought-provoking post which is incredibly similar to a reading I did last night by Osho.  They used slightly different terms:

Osho             Guy Tal
Happiness  = Contentment
Pleasure     = Happiness

I prefer Osho’s terms in terms of connotation, but that’s simply semantics. I use Osho’s terms following.

We as individual people suffer, so we seek that which can ease our suffering. Pleasure can ease that suffering. It’s why people seek sex. It’s why some photographers gravitate towards iconic subjects. There’s an immediate satisfaction and emptying of the past and future from the mind while one focuses on the present for a short time. And then for a short while, we feel good because we’ve done exactly that…existed in the here and now.

Both Guy and Osho say to move beyond that.  Find that existence and awareness of the here and now without the external influences – Guy on photography, Osho on life – and then happiness wells from within.  If we study the effects of pleasurable things, really study it, we might see that the glimpses of happiness truly come from within and the object of pleasure is simply a key to unlock the door of our own delusions.

So the answer to the question is that I photograph what I photograph because I’m trying to discover the here and now, to be present.  Photography for me is a tool to free myself. I’m not trying to create art…not anymore…I’m trying to exist, to be, and opening myself to that which is around me.  The earth and photography is one of my tools.

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November 9, 2010

Two Images at Sundust Gallery

Filed under: Arizona, Photography — Laurent @ 7:43 am

Setting sun illuminates saguaros during monsoon in San Pedro river valley.

I’m pleased to announce that I will have two images displayed for the next month for the show “Weather & Seasons” at Sundust Gallery.  This image is one of them. If you happen to be in Mesa, AZ, please stop by and check it out.

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October 20, 2010

The Little Guy

Aspen, Populus Tremuloides, Kaibab National Forest

I’ve also been fascinated with the patterns that blue fir’s make with their needles. I constantly try to seek out “rhythms” in these blue fir waves, so to speak, and here I found them to be a nice backdrop for this young aspen sapling.

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October 12, 2010

Arizona Rainforest

Pumphouse Wash, Arizona

I was chilling out during a monsoon earlier this summer.  The rain let up so I walked about a bit.  Colors always seem to be a bit more vibrant after it rains and I was curious what I’d find. I stood over the edge of Pumphouse and soaked in the fresh moist air and then ran back to my truck to get my camera.  The sun was playing peekaboo through the clouds and low lying mist was washing through the…well, wash.  I exposed one sheet of film and kept my fingers crossed (as I always do) on how it might turn out.

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June 28, 2010

One Fine Day Last Fall

Escudilla Mountain, Arizona

It’s been really hot lately and I’ve been longing for some cooler temps.

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June 22, 2010

Entwined Boles

Flagstaff, Arizona, Coconino National Forest

A pair of aspen boles on the west side of the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. This is a new scan for a print that will be 16×20″.  Be sure to back up your work. I lost all my files when my hard drive crashed several months ago.  Ironically, I was about to back everything up onto another hard drive when it did crash. It sucks to have to re-create it all.  And, in fact, you will never re-create something.  A re-work is always a re-interpretation which means, if you lose your digital files, you lose your interpretation.

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November 6, 2009

Taking Flight

Filed under: Arizona, Photography — Laurent @ 4:35 pm

Red Tail Hawk, Las Cienegas NCA

I often contemplate my desk job and what exactly it means to me.  I then wonder what would I rather be doing instead of it.  Then I wonder why should it matter if I can make the time for that which I love. Then I wonder why I am wondering so much instead of paying attention to what I’m doing.

I think I can only make photographs when I am “present.”  This can mean a lot of things, of course, but for me, it means I’m concentrating on one thing – I am here.  As I walk a trail, I have to feel myself being there.  This means taking it all in and allowing spontaneous inspiration to take over my being.  In such a mind state, I see the light and patterns of nature much easier. I almost feel it and it leaves me giddy. And then it’s a lot easier to create an image rather than hoping an exposure will turn out.  I wish I could turn that on at will…

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October 11, 2009

Cottonwoods of Las Cienegas

Filed under: Arizona, Around Tucson, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 10:26 pm

 

Cienega Creek, Cottonwoods

Cienega Creek, Cottonwoods

 

Before I start rolling out images from Colorado, I wanted to share a pretty little place in the Empire mountains of southeastern Arizona – Cienega Creek.  Actually, this is a feeder to Cienega Creek.  I hope to make an image of Cienega Creek proper at some point, but this what called to me the day I was there.

Cienega Creek is an important corridor for birds and wildlife.  Over 170 species of birds have been identified in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (NCA).  I re-stumbled upon this area while looking to explore the San Pedro Riparian NCA. Everything is primitive here.  There are no paved roads and just a few dirt roads left from the days of when the Empire and Cienega Ranches were in full operation.  Now it’s protected by the BLM.

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September 26, 2009

In Quest of Aspen

Filed under: Arizona, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 10:42 am

 

Aspen Sun Burst

Aspen Sun Burst

 

I’m off for a week to Colorado, and then the white mountains of Arizona for a few days after that to see if I have any luck finding aspen leaves turning golden yellow as in this image of populus tremuloides that I made in Lockett Meadow near Flagstaff, AZ.  I love trees, I love fall.  I’m tired of being hot, and I’m ready to shiver through the winter.

Making an image like this requires a bit of luck when using a view camera.  You have to predict where the sun is going to be when you fire the shutter.  Unlike most cameras, you can fairly see what’s happening when you pull the trigger.  I used a wide angle lens and a small aperture and simply guessed (well, I knew the sun would be behind the trees!) at when the right time for a  good sunburst would be.  This time, I guessed right!

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