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Chris L Jones
Being authentic

Being authentic

Yesterday I watched the romantic 1955 movie "All that heaven allows" with Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman playing the leads. It's a moving cross class love story that pulls on the heart strings and is brilliantly acted with extraordinary emotional intensity enhanced by great mood lighting, sets and landscapes. I since discovered that Danish German born liberal humanitarian director Douglas Sirk had class and other political themes running through all his work. However, the standout for me in this film wasn't its class conflict, but in the overriding message of just being authentically true to yourself no matter what. Rock plays the tree pruner come...

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Chris L Jones
Breaking the illusion

Breaking the illusion

When someone says "it's all just an illusion" whilst referring to the manifest world, what do they actually mean? In our waking state this physical realm seems so completely real that we build our whole lives around it. The duality we observe through the working of the "rational" mind appears to be just how things are and there is no real impulse or need to question this undeniable "reality". There have been scientists who have looked beyond the physical, the most notable being Tesla and Einstein. Tesla was a scientific genius who not only studied the outer physical world, but also knew the importance of exploring his inner world. He followed...

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Chris L Jones
Touched by the light

Touched by the light

The last few biographical posts describe the life changing trip I made to Nepal and India that culminated in a fateful meeting in Udaipur. Sahaja was really born back then because India has had such a profound influence on my adult life. It was the first of many trips for creative and personal reasons that eventually led to the creation of the Chakra series that had been planned and executed over several years.  With the move from film to digital photography in 2008, I was able to extend the visual palette required to create more complex imagery that had previously been laboriously done in camera. With the...

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Biography 6 India Part 4

Biography 6 India Part 4

On arrival in Udaipur and with the hotels mostly empty, I decided to make the most of the almost cheap Lake Pichola Hotel that had rooms right on the water with views of the City Palace. I was after exceptional shots of the legendary and romantic Lake Palace so the first afternoon was spent doing my usual running around finding angles. Eventually I found a spot on a ridge with great views over both the town and the lake that was suitable for a sunrise shoot.  Next morning I was in position on the ridge well before dawn, but little did I know...

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