One photo, three life principles

I am happy to have been nominated in the 2023 Fine Art Photography Awards with my photo “Distant Shores”. Here's the story behind it, including three principles that guide me in my work as a photographer - and in life more broadly.

The pain now is part of the happiness then

All happiness in life is transitory. We cannot escape the pain of looking back. But when the rainy days come, as they inevitably do, it’s actually the pain that propels us forward and allows us to experience a deeper kind of happiness again in the future.

Reclaiming the rhythms of nature in our lives

One of the biggest sources of stress in modern life is feeling the psychological pressure to be always on. What if we modelled our work after the rhythms and seasons of nature instead?

To stick to your habits, keep your environment consistent

To get into a flow state where you perform the same habits every day, designing your environment for consistency may be the best thing you can do.

In times of uncertainty, focus on the little things you can control

At a time when many are (silently) struggling with mental health, my thoughts keep going back to a conversation I had with a mental health professional on a dark winter evening fifteen years ago.

Where did all the time go?

A strange thing has happened during the pandemic: we have lost our natural perception of the passage of time. We feel stuck in the same moment, which - paradoxically - seems to last both forever and a mere nanosecond.

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