The delicate balance of life. Yin Yang.

The delicate balance of life. Yin Yang.

THE DELICATE BALANCE OF LIFE
YIN YANG

My work is very much inspired by the Yin Yang ~ I believe there is light in every darkness and darkness in every light.

According to yin-yang philosophy, the universe and everything in it is both constant and cyclical. One force dominates and then it is replaced by the opposing force. This activity continues constantly and repeats itself over time. Examples illustrating the philosophy of yin-yang include:

  • Life and death
  • Heaven and earth
  • Night and day
  • Dark and light
  • Health and sickness
  • Poverty and wealth
  • Cycle of the Seasons – Cold to hot

The Yin Yang Symbol

The symbol of the yin yang, also known as the Tai Chi or Taiqi symbol, consists of a circle equally divided into black and white sections by a reverse S-like shape. Within the black section is a small circle of white. Within the white section is a small circle of black. Each of the individual aspects of the yin yang symbol has a significant meaning, as does the entire yin yang.

The Outer Circle

The outer circle of the yin yang sign represents everything in the universe and the universe itself. It encompasses the duality of everything that exists.

The Black Section

The black area represents yin with the following characteristics:

  • Feminine
  • Passive
  • Intuitive
  • Delusion
  • Moon
  • Dark
  • Cold
  • Submission
  • Contracting
  • Downward seeking
  • Downward movement
  • Night
  • Soft
  • Stillness
  • Rivers

The White Section

The white area represents the yang with the following characteristics:

  • Male
  • Active
  • Logical
  • Enlightenment
  • Bright
  • Sun
  • Light
  • Creation
  • Dominance
  • Upward movement
  • Strong
  • Hot
  • Expanding
  • Hard
  • Movement
  • Mountains

The Black and White Sections Together

Together the black and white areas represent the interaction of the energies found in all things. They illustrate the cyclical nature of yin and yang and all that it represents.

The Small Black and White Circles

Located in the areas of their opposite colors, the small circles show that nothing is absolute. In each of the opposing forces, there is a small part of the other. In all yin there is yang and in all yang there is yin. This holds true for everything in the universe, for example in every female there is a little male and in every good, there is a little evil. Nothing in the universe, or in life, is simple black or white. Each exists in the other and each needs the other to exist.

All love ♥
George

Creatives

Creatives

CREATIVES

(About a year ago I was emailed these truths about Creatives. I do not know who the original author was, but here it is!
Enjoy!)

1. Getting bored easily

It’s not that creatives can’t hold down a job. They just refuse to hold on to anything that weighs them down.

Monotony is a death sentence, and creatives would rather be broke than bored. They’d rather experience the fear and anticipation of 100 new jobs than the ache of one unchallenging career.

2. Having busy minds

When you’re all over the place, you’re less likely to get stuck in one. What others see as an inability to focus, creatives see as an ability to entertain multiple interests and passions.

They say that an intelligent person is an interested one. Creatives are the people willing to take the time to explore new cultures, places and ideas.

3. Taking too many risks

So many people are averse to any risk that they’ll remain stuck in a tired routine for years.

While these people refuse to take risks and go out on a limb, creatives are putting eggs in multiple baskets, treading that fine line and reaping the fruits of the far-out branches.

4. Letting their intuition make their decisions

What others see as sporadic and uneducated guesses, creatives see as the guiding force to every decision in their life. They have the strength to trust their gut and follow what feels right, not what looks right.

5. Making mistakes

It’s no secret that the life of the creative one is riddled with failure and mistakes. They might make hundreds of tiny mistakes in a day.

But a million tiny failures also mean a million tiny triumphs. When one thing fails, something else is born. Creatives have learned to turn their mistakes into opportunities.

6. Questioning the rules

Why take things at face value when you know everything has more than one face? Creatives dare to look beyond the rules. They don’t accept society the way it’s presented, and they refuse to do things “the right way.”

7. Being independent thinkers

When you think for yourself, you’re thought of as difficult and insubordinate. A free mind is a threatening one, and the easiest way to lock it down is to label it as wild and unreliable.

What others don’t realize, however, is that “crazy” is just a harsh word for “genius.”

8. Being viewed as eccentric

We have a weird interpretation of the word “eccentric.” People use it to be derogatory or slandering; it’s gained a a negative connotation.

But what does it really mean to be eccentric? Unconventional? Strange? Why are these words bad? What’s so wrong about being one in a million?

9. Frequently changing their minds

Creatives have an active mind, so they tend to make decisions actively. Unlike most people, they don’t remain stuck with indecision, refusing to remove forward (or backward).

They aren’t scared to make a decision for fear of it being the wrong one. They’d rather take 20 steps to the right, left, back and front just to know they’re moving at all.

10. Dreaming too much

Dreaming isn’t the antonym of success. It’s the root of it.

Dreamers are scorned for being too far away from reality to achieve anything within it. But only those who dare to leave the planet come up with real solutions for it.

Gates Collection ~ The Story

Gates Collection ~ The Story

GATES
A Fine Art Photographic Print Collection

The Story & Memory

One of my favourite memories is visiting my grandparents on their farm. The long drives with granddad were always lots of fun and naturally gate duty was assigned to me.

Now these old farm gates do not open easily and sometimes it took a lot of effort to get them open and closed, but when you are young this is an adventure, you love every moment and you never think about the hard times.

As you get older life offers you lots of gates, some easy to open and some difficult, some easy to close and some difficult…

Since I started with the gates collection I’ve had so much fun reconnecting to my inner child. That happy child that had adventures, played outside, enjoyed life, talked to the farm animals, climbed trees, danced in the rain and YES was a fearless “Gate Rider”!

I am hoping that this collection will inspire you to look at things differently! Why not drive out of the city and go “ride” a gate?

You might just enjoy it!

Following light
George

See and Purchase from the Gates Collection right here.

Our website is secure

Our website is secure

Hi Everyone,

OUR E-COMMERCE WEBSITE IS NOW SECURE

Our new e-commerce website (www.georgefivaz.com) is now fully secure, meaning that your online financial transactions with us are done in a safe environment.

SITE IDENTITY BUTTON (PADLOCK)

The Site Identity button (a padlock) appears in your address bar when you visit a secure website. You can quickly find out if the connection to the website you are viewing is encrypted, and in some cases who owns the website. This should help you avoid malicious websites that are trying to obtain your personal information.

The Site Identity button is in the address bar to the left of the web address. Most commonly, when viewing a secure website, the Site Identity button will be a green padlock.

YOUR INFORMATION IS SAFE AND SECURE

We take the utmost care with the information that you provide us when placing an order on our website (or through any other means).  The server that hosts our online store encrypts the transmission of all credit card and personal customer information using the Internet-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol.  During the encryption process, information is scrambled into small bits of code that cannot be read as they travel to us over the Internet. Once we receive the encrypted information, we use a private, one-of-a-kind key to decode it.

All of the information you provide during the ordering process is restricted to our staff, and we make sure that all of our employees up-to-date on our security and privacy policies.  If you have further questions about the security of ordering online from the Worldwatch Institute, please feel free to e-mail us

You can now shop with confidence!

Kind regards
George & Team

 

Today is world photography day!

Today is world photography day!

ContentmentTODAY IS WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY!

World Photo Day is an international photography event on August 19th that celebrates the passion for photography in our communities.

In a world where millions of pictures are uploaded every minute, World Photo Day is inspiring thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

From everyday life to incredible landscapes, our global gallery is an evolving mosaic of images captured by photographers of all skills levels living in a diverse range of countries and cultures.

No matter who you are, where you are or what equipment and skills you have, World Photo Day can help open your eyes to the possibilities of photography, and enable you to share the world as you see it.

Please take a bit of time today and share you photo on my facebook page (Here’s the link https://www.facebook.com/FineArtPhotographer.GeorgeFivaz/)

Have a great weekend!

Following Light

George

How I work?

How I work?

How I work?

Do I get asked questions about how I work? Where do I take photos? How? What? Where? Why? 

YES! Lots of times and that was the inspiration behind this article. 

A NEW IDEA IS BORN

I only take photos of people and objects that have got special meaning to me. For instance, I won’t take a photo of a calculator or a rock or a pretty flower, simply because it’s there. I photograph what I feel and experience ~ my emotions!

Whether it be an abandoned building, a nature scene, or a little bird – I don’t shoot until I can communicate with and understand my subjects.

I spend hours just looking around & drinking in my surroundings. If my subjects don’t reveal themselves to me, I will simply walk away.

YOU’VE ONLY GOT 12 SHOTS ~ DON’T WASTE THEM

I play this game where I use my digital camera as a “film camera” and limit myself to a certain number of images that I can take on a particular day.

I plan my compositions and don’t try to get a “lucky shot” by taking 1000 photos and hoping one is good; I only take 2 or 3 shots of my subjects, knowing that what I’ve planned will be on my computer a bit later ~ well most of the times 🙂

BUT THEN LIFE HAPPENS

It sometimes happens that the 2 or 3 shots were not nearly good enough and I have nothing to show for my efforts. And that is ok!

Photography is not something to be rushed! 

I treasure the moments that I could spend in nature! (see Rather invest in experiences, than in equipment!)

I STAY AWAY FROM MAINSTREAM & POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

Once I visited a location, it is ticked off and  I never return; this is just one of my personal rules. All my images are taken at locations where other photographers will never have access to, making the images in my collections very special and highly collectible.  

IT’S CALLED PHOTOGRAPHY, NOT REAL LIFE

Photography is art, not just rules, lenses, settings and buttons, so yes, I spend time editing my images. I might add color or remove color or add a texture or overlay a couple of images on top of one another to get an artistic feel, the possibilities are endless!

My images more painterly than photographic. My work are not bound by photographic rules!

LEARN TO USE YOUR CAMERA AND THEN MOVE ON

I don’t follow all the photography rules and worry about the lines and the rule of thirds and the this and the that and the iso and the shutter and the aperture and the lens and the body and 1000 other things and settings that distract you from taking beautiful and meaningful photographs. 

I am not saying that all of this is not important and that you should never take time to learn how to properly use your camera, I am simply saying that after you have taken a couple of hours to learn to use the lenses, the buttons, and the settings, it is time to move on and focus on creating meaningful art! Your photographs must come from the heart, not from the mind.

IN THE HANDS OF AN ARTIST

Only in the hands of an artist, be it a photographer, writer, chef or painter can the equipment come to its full potential. 

An expensive camera cannot make a breath-taking picture as much as an expensive set of pots can cook a tasty dish.

So, before you invest 1000’s into equipment, rather master what you have got, take beautiful and meaningful photographs ~ images that speak to you! Images that will still be meaningful in 20 or 50 years!

SOME ADVICE

(1) Get to know the equipment you currently have and master it;

(2) Take photos with the best camera you will ever own – your eyes. Lay on your back, touch mother earth and wait, it might happen;

(3) Don’t just take 100 snaps and hope for the best, it’s not an art when everyone around you can do the same thing, and it’s not a good photo when you have to select the best one from 1000 snaps;

(4) Enjoy spending time in nature or in your studio;

(5) Don’t compare yourself to others – never!;

(6) Leave your cell phone, tablets and charging shrines at home – disconnect from the mother ship for a while;

(7) Have fun!;

(8) Be unique – don’t try and get the shot that everyone has already taken, published and ooh’d and aah’d about – find a new subject, go close, go macro, from the bottom or from the top, find the interesting angle – just do something else! Dare to be different! Dare to tell your unique story! Be an artist instead of a follower! 

(9) Don’t be scared to edit your images, add a bit of color, remove a bit of color, experiment!! – it’s called photography … not reality!!;

(10) Even if you go home with only one or even no photo, know that you spent time in nature. You touched the earth, you connected to nature, you recharged!

SUMMARY

So, there you have it! At its very core, photography is very simple. 

Rather than fretting with 100 buttons or trying to get the perfect lens fitted or trying to copy the setting of your favourite landscape photographer in order to get the “perfect shot” spend time enjoying nature, spend time enjoying your camera and making beautiful pictures, because while you were pushing buttons and changing lenses and trying to find the position where person A or B took the “perfect” picture, mother nature had already revealed and closed herself and you have missed THE SHOT!

Now poor you have to go home with a picture that 1000 before you have called the “perfect picture” and sure, you are going to get lots of oohs and aahs – but does that picture speak? Does it tell a story? Does it say something about YOU?

Lots to think about!

Following Light

George

 

Buying art should provoke pleasure, not anxiety

Buying art should provoke pleasure, not anxiety

derelictBuying art should provoke pleasure, not anxiety

I love looking at art for hours before I decide to purchase, but that’s just me. If you love art, but hate going to galleries, then my online art gallery is the right place for you.

I’ve developed an online art gallery that provides you with the absolute best possible art buying experience out there. I believe buying original art should be an intimate, unintimidating, hassle free experience. I present art for your viewing pleasure in a tranquil setting, free from banner ads, and busy special offers. I provide you with the sort of information that makes the art viewing experience both enriching and enjoyable.

The online art gallery includes images from my travels in Africa and South Africa. My photographs are an intimate reflection of my world and my relationship to that world.

If you wanted to go buy an original work of art today, where would you go? Chances are that unless you live in a major city, options for finding a variety of different artists, and styles at affordable prices, under one roof, are limited. I make sure that when you come to George Fivaz Fine Art Photography Gallery, you’re able to easily navigate our site, always find original, compelling artwork, and purchase it with just a few clicks of your mouse. Discovery and purchasing made easy.

I have tried to put together a current, diverse and exciting portfolio of contemporary African photography, Dreamscapes, Intimate-  and Black and White photography.

Every print is signed and numbered by myself and Exclusive Prints will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity that ensures the art photography you own is part of an exclusive edition.

My online Art Gallery is a “work in progress” and will continuously grow, change and expand. The benefit of viewing art online to you, the art lover, is that you can see a large number of artworks in a short space of time from the comfort of your own home or office. You can see a lot more by looking at a gallery online than if you visited physical art galleries in person.

Have you ever walked into an art gallery and felt like you didn’t belong there? Don’t believe the hype. Most of us may not have studied art in school or rubbed elbows with discerning dealers and top tier curators, but we know what we like when we see it.

Buying art should provoke pleasure, not anxiety.

Each and every work of art on George Fivaz Fine Art Gallery is unique, and original — just like you! — made by an artist passionate about what he does.

Please click here to view my collection of fine art images.

Dare to be different and buy original art.

Following Light

George

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