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Title: Split Personality
Location: Erindi, Namibia, 2018
How do you reflect?
Lately… most likely as the reflection on a phone screen, right? Hear me out. On one hand, we live more than ever in our phones. You and I both know it’s the truth, right? 90% of you will read this on an Apple, Galaxy, or Google device. Probably alone and indoors. We’ve become conditioned to the “inside”. Inside our phones, inside our homes, and away from the world outside. And as a result, well. We all have split personalities. Let me explain what I mean.
We’ve developed an inside self, where we connect with this digital world. Staring into our own digital reflections we can disappear for hours and not know what we did for all that time. All the while, slowly losing our sensitivities to what exists beyond the walls of our lockdowns. If you are reading this, I would bet you’re a type though that makes time to be outdoors whenever possible. To listen to the birds. To feel the breeze on your balcony or in a nearby park. All in an attempt to keep your first personality alive. The outdoors version of you. Am I making any sense so far?
If you’re still with me, I’m getting to the point, I promise. I captured this image in 2018 in Namibia. Sitting on the opposite side of a lake from this male Cheetah. The evening summer air heavy with the scent of the acacia tree. In the muddy patch where I sat, spikes and thorns pricked my arms, legs, and butt. I could hear at least 5 different types of birds calling their last calls for the evening. Zebras honked in the distance. Their dust carried slowly on the light breeze. And a Cheetah was literally looking directly at me as he cautiously drank from the water’s edge. I was in touch with every tiny detail of the moment. Connected to nature. And the outdoors me was alive. The phone was on the truck. No network anyways.
Fast-forward to now. I’m sitting inside, writing this reflection that you’ll read inside. On a bright screen. Hopefully, the description produced a visualization that took you outside? Okay… so the point of all this. I really just want to encourage you to recognize that we all have to live with this reality. That we all have two personalities. We can’t let the outdoors us slip away. We have to keep it alive while we’re stuck inside right now all over the world. Let this portrait be a reminder for you to meditate on the strong memories you have. And to cherish the moments you can break away right now from the indoors and your phone. Because if you lose the outdoors you, you've lost everything that really matters.
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