It Brings Peace and Calmness…

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“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” – Henri Matisse

I’m certainly no Henri Matisse but when reading this I felt a certain kinship with Mr. Matisse. I only realized when reading up on him that he died on the same year that I was born, 1954. Even though he was born generations before me many of the same feelings, thoughts and emotions that he had we, that is you and I, share.

Just a few moments ago I received quite a few comments on my photos. They reflected exactly how I felt about the images when I was taking and then later processing them. Even though we were a world (Iran) and a culture apart there is a sameness that flows through us all.

If I feel it then it goes without saying that there must be many others who feel similarly.

What is it that compels us to find beauty in something? It does give us a joy and serenity.

I remember reading about archaeologists who had discovered a flute made from a birds’ bone. The researchers said that it had been played by Neanderthals. Going back sixty or even one hundred thousand years others found joy in the arts. Music, painting, photography, they are all the same.

Why when we hear a certain beat or kind of music do we want to move along with it? Even at a young age toddlers will find their rhythm and boogie with the music and that is what it is all about.

I find my rhythm when I am out in nature and finding shapes, light and colour that somehow soothes something inside of me.

It isn’t about competition or money or popularity or who is the best. No. There is a calmness that comes over me just as it did for Matisse and as it does for you.

Enjoy it.

Happy shooting,


~ by Dan Jurak on March 25, 2018.

2 Responses to “It Brings Peace and Calmness…”

  1. Beautiful words, beautiful photo.

  2. Thank you Kelly,

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