Saturday, 10 March 2007
I dream of water, a lot, so I loved this work by photographer Barbara Cole who I came across via Crust Station. If you like these you should definitely have a look at her website, it's full of them, and the story of how she accidentally fell into this line of work is good too, especially for those of us who've not settled into our ideal jobs - yet.
Now, as you may remember, I've always been a mermaid wannabe so I am very attracted to underwater photography, something I have always wanted to try but have never got beyond the camera in a glass bowl on the surface - though you can get nice results in the right light. So the second I saw one of these photo's I was hooked. They are stunning.
This is what the world looks like in so many of my dreams. I have really vivid dreams about huge powerful bodies of water, floods, tidal waves, waking up (in the dreams) to find everything in my house is floating past my face and there are whales swimming in the garden. I love those dreams, I feel exhilarated and incredible peaceful at the same time. I feel at home in them. I really am a fish out of water in my 'real' life.
The dreams have none of the devastation and horror of a real Tsunami. It's a little scary because the water is so overwhelming, but we can breath in it after an initial moment of inner panic (ever seen The Abyss when she has to breath the liquid air stuff? It's like that). For me there the only place where I feel right is in water, especially since my health went kapoot, water feels so supportive to my achy muscles. Suddenly I don't feal like lead.
When I had the Turkish boyfriend (sigh, miss that kind of big love) we used to go to a little secluded spot I'd found on holiday where you could just float, undisturbed, for hours. Before leaving we'd sit in the water watching the sun set over the mercurial gold/aqua sea. Then we'd drive home on his motorbike with the warm breeze and the heat of the land drying us off. I've never been so happy as I was then, it was wonderful and I feel so lucky to have it as a memory.