I’ll never forget the first time my parents took me and my sisters to the island of Kaua`i, one of the true gems on this planet, with wonderful people to match. I was only about 7 years old, and my only previous experience of a vacation destination was either Palm Springs or San Diego, CA.
Hawaii, and this island, Kaua`i, was an altogether different experience. It was lush, fragrant, green and blue, warm and wet, and at the time, there were only 3 stop lights on the entire island. There was sugar cane, sugar cane, and more sugar cane where ever you looked, as well as beautiful beaches and waves in abundance to surf. At the time, Kaua`i’s main industry was sugar, but tourism was due to grow. (these two thoughts don’t go together)
Ok, the name itself, Death Valley, seems to be an anathema to the positive aspects of my HDSereneScapes films. That being said, I think this film comes together as a very uplifting experience that I hope you all will enjoy.
The location of the film, Death Valley National Park in California, is one vast and amazing place. It can be for-boding, it is desolate and bleak, it is a place of little moisture, barren rock, sand and salt. When I stood in the open spaces of this desert landscape, I often felt I was are going back in time, imagining what life, or lack of it, looked like to the first visitors to this place. Going back further in time, imagining what made the Valley, a once massive lake now depleted to smooth and crusted salt flats, is a real mind expanding experience. The reality that this planet was not created in six thousand years (as some believe) is ever present.
Like many of you, I’ve watched so much time wasted by both our citizens (for failing to be engaged and to act, i.e., vote) and our government over the past so many years, I wonder at times, where will we go from here?
Our environment is deteriorating as we have wealthy polluters (Oil companies and private families like the Koch’s) working feverishly to produce false claims that global warming is a fraud that climate denial has become mainstream. All with the American public sitting by as if this isn’t really their problem. The rest of the world isn’t in denial about this serious issue. They know the science, they know the truth.
We all have our sanctuaries, you know, the places we go to settle ourselves and feel connected to a form of stability and safety. Some of us are religious in nature and feel the need to go to a temple, synagogue, church or some other physical facility that provides us with a connection to a perceived higher power. Faith in many of these regards is a powerful thing and I fully understand the value this experience brings to so many.
It’s been a good week in Kaua’í for shooting HDSereneScapes segments for our next film, “Beautiful Kaua’i.” I’d been nervous about the weather and worried I could get the project completed after two previous visits earlier this year. Those trips were met with unusually poor weather for the months of May and June.
Marsha and I come to Kaua’i each year for at least two weeks of vacation time. (I asked this lovely woman to marry me here 28 years ago, fortunately she said yes, so it’s sort of our place.) Usually in May, it is always sunny, trade winds, some scattered showers and the occasional day or two of rain. Although the center of the island (Mount Wai‘ale‘ale) is known as being one of the wettest place on earth (over 400 inches a year), I am usually able to shoot dramatic images if I just wait a few minutes for the weather to clear. Well, this year was not to shoot stills, it was to shoot High Definition Video…and the weather was not usual.
The business of selling fine art photographic prints is nothing like creating the images and making beautiful works like we do at WayneWilliamsStudio.com. I truly enjoy the hunt, the discovery, waiting for the magic moment and then capturing a beautiful image to bring to life the beauty of the world around us. Selling the actual prints, holding the inventory and dealing with the tracking and record keeping necessary to stay legal with fine art prints, well, that’s an entirely different matter. I’m a creative person and once I’m past the fun of setting up the systems for the process, I’m ready to move on and get back to producing my artworks.
Well, Thanksgiving has marked the official entry into the “holiday season.”
Upon finding out about my HDSereneScapes films, I can’t tell you how many people have said to me “You have to do a video for the holidays.”
I’ve had the pleasure of shooting beautiful photographs for many decades now. As a professional photographer I’ve enjoyed shooting on location both for myself and clients in the advertising, editorial print and film industry. Yet increasingly, our access to nature is being closed off and fenced in like never before. Add to that, the means of communicating the “Private Property” message is getting bolder and nastier.
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What an auspicious date and time. Our world is such an amazing place, our presence on this planet provides us with a great deal of wonder, fear and sadness, opportunity and loneliness, most of us experience different levels of these experiences as we grow and mature. Our species, the human race has the capacity to do great harm and create great beauty. Our planet does the same.
We are at times impatient, influenced by outside influences, stresses and forces which often seem beyond our control, yet most of us yearn and search for a simple life of safety and stability.