The contrast of colour in this shot is extraordinary. Loud, overarching and explosive red against a placid and subtle quiet of the almost colour-less sand. Yet the petals of the flower are gentle and captivating. The tiny specks of sand on some of the petals give a sense of connection and acceptance between them.
This photo is an encapsulation of love.
It can look and feel overpowering at first but once you get to look closer, the familiarity that reigns within a few seconds, tones down the madness. Contrasts and opposites live within love.
A boldness in emotion and a gentleness in expression. A scary but comforting notion.
Bewilderment that goes hand in hand with familiarity.
Fast-paced and slow.
Highs and lows.
Excitement and monotony.
Just think of any way that you would describe love, and instantly you will find that the opposite applies too.
Petals sheltering sand granules. Protection and nurturing in the heart of nature.
This photo expresses different types of love. Romantic passion. Parental nurturing. Familial protection. Friends connecting. Humanity.
Then there are other loves. An outwardly greater love that goes beyond us. A love for notions and ideals. A love for the inanimate. A love for a good cause. And the greatest love of all, a love for God.
Love is much deeper than just the romantic kind.
We all have people (and animals for some of us) in our life who care about us and whom we care about in return, but there is also a much greater love. Think about that for a second. The joy in being able to experience happiness is love granted to us unconditionally. And with love comes gratitude which brings with it more love. It’s an endless beautiful cycle.
A deep velvet red that evokes warmth and harmony. A shade that can come across as bold and uncaring, in fact brings with it a sense of celebration and joy, against the soft and calming nature of the sand. The privilege in being able to experience and capture this shot in itself is an expression of love.
When you look at this photo which type of love do you see?