When the birds start singing again
Recently, after a long time, I heard the beautiful song Songbird by Fleetwood Mac and it touched me even more than before. It brought me to the thought, "When the birds start singing again, what will happen?"
In nature we all know what happens then: spring is coming! “Spring cannot be cancelled” is the title of artist David Hockney's latest book. What applies to spring, naturally applies to all seasons. Not one season can be cancelled. Nature knows what to do and moves along with it.
The question that then comes to mind is "how do we actually deal with the seasons within ourselves?" After all, we are part of nature. The seasons are also inside of us. I recognize the seasons within myself. I am particularly aware of my resistance. Because the feelings that come with those seasons - and knowing what I need at that moment - don't always come out well, of course. I recently experienced that again: last winter the coming spring was crying out in me for attention, but I ignored it. "Prepare for spring", I heard the birds singing in me, "that's what winter is for". It didn't suit me. It could wait a while. But waiting was no longer possible. The pressure inside and outside of me became bigger, until something broke open within me. Liberation was the result and…. the birds in me started to sing again.
Fleetwood Mac already sang it in 1977: and the songbirds keep singing like they know the score
What would it be like if we, like nature, automatically move with the seasons within ourselves. See what is possible and do what is achievable, in every season. That seems simple, but it is certainly not easy. Because we live in a world where many of us have moved away from living according to and with the seasons.
This recognizing and acknowledgement of the seasons, both inside and outside of me, inspired me to the new series "Songbird": the meaning - to me - of the four seasons displayed in four images. Check out the whole series, and what the seasons do to you, on my website.
I am proud that this series, together with a number of images from the series Landscapes of the soul, can be seen from June 5 at gallery “Het Fotolokaal” in Tjerkwerd.