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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November 8, 2010

Tucson Open Studios Tour

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurent @ 11:49 am

I’m pleased to announce that I will be opening the doors to my humble home during Tucson Open Studios, Fall 2010, an event put on by the Tucson Pima Arts Council. This November 13 and 14, I will be displaying new and old images and sharing stories of how I came to find the scenes that I photograph.  Join me and the participating artists of Tucson and choose your own art adventure!

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