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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June 16, 2010

Just Leaves

Fall colors, San Juans, Colorado

I guess it’s been a while since I’ve made a post.  I could say I’ve been busy. I’d be lying.  I’ve just been unmotivated. Why?  Leg injury and a windy desert.  I get tired of the wind and I get tired of it blowing all the freaking time, which it seems like it does here in Tucson.  I have another excuse.  My scanner broke.  It’s hard to get motivated to go make images when you can’t share them.  At least, it’s hard for me.  I like to share.  I like to show people the beauty of the earth – at least, I like to show it the way I see it.  So my scanner’s been broke, I got a bum hamstring, and it’s been freaking windy.

Well, I got the scanner fixed, my leg is getting better, the wind hasn’t died, but I made a scan and decided it’s time to get going again.  This image is from last fall. I was wandering around the San Juans on a lovely cool morning and this warm light was filtering through the aspen leaves and softly lighting this patch on the ground.  I was completely captivated.

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January 10, 2010

Changing Plans on the Fly

Filed under: Colorado Plateau, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 7:05 pm

juniper, vermillion cliffs wilderness, arizona

I spent a couple days in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness with Harley Goldman over Christmas.  I was a little plussed when the red rock I expected was practically nowhere to be found and there was this crazy amount of this strange white stuff everywhere.  It gave me big pause while I had to get used to thinking in a different way.  I was thinking of finding patches of reflected light.  Well, there was reflected light, but most if it was reflecting off the snow!

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December 15, 2009

Over the Hill and Far Away

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 9:36 am

Telluride, Colorado

Some times a slide comes back and I think to myself, this is why I photograph.  Those fleeting moments of magic that I was there, that I saw, that I paid attention to.  It seems the more you do this photography thing, the better you get.  At least, better in terms of discrimination of quality of light.  It’s a practice.  You might get good quickly, you might get good slowly – it really doesn’t matter.  The important thing is to pay attention to where you are, don’t worry about that magic image.  Pay attention, immerse your observation into your local reality.  Then, if you feel so inclined, you trip the shutter. I must have stood here with Harley Goldman for 45-50 minutes while the wind whipped around us in a frenzy and we just watched as the clouds rolled by playing the shadow dance on the landscape.  This is the only image during those many moments.

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