Remembering Our True Nature
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by Brad Carr
1M ago
So much of our lives are spent trapped within the prison of our identities. Only when we break down the walls that have been built to keep us small can we look out over the vast expanse and endless landscape and begin to remember our true nature. Only when we can identify the inner narrative that has been programmed in us and plays continuously in the background of our minds, and distinguish that from the voice of the eternal that lives inside, can we begin to realise our potential. By connecting with the natural world through all of our senses, and particularly through sight, we can gauge th ..read more
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Reflecting Upon Six Years of the Creative Life
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by Brad Carr
1M ago
For twenty-six years, I was hiding. I let the world see only half of me. I didn’t want anyone to know how weak and vulnerable I was at my core, so I would reveal only what I wanted them to see. Behind the mask, I was deeply sensitive and fragile. My heart had been broken upon birth and it proceeded to break many times over as I grew. Certain people throughout my school life could sense that I was wearing a mask, and they would do all that they could to tear it off so that I would stand exposed in all my fragility and vulnerability. I felt lost and lonely around such people for so many years ..read more
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A Bridge Between Two Worlds
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by Brad Carr
5M ago
As I gaze out over the vast expanse, I am transported back to a world of distant dreams, and I wonder whether they were, in fact, memories. So many times over the past few years, I have been led to a place for the first time and experienced a feeling of familiarity, as though I have stood there many times already. This is such a place. Five-hundred metres up on a small rocky outcrop in a foreign land, I am far away from everything that I thought I had known. Silhouettes of pine trees dominate the horizon and appear as dark brushstrokes against a wash of violet and mauve; the kind of fleeting c ..read more
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The Power of Creativity
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by Brad Carr
6M ago
Creativity has the power to transform and transcend. I believe in creative practices with all of my heart having experienced first-hand what they can do for the human soul. The camera came to me at a point in my life when I was most lost and alone. I found myself drifting through time without purpose or direction. In fact, bar the childhood dream that I had of playing football professionally, I never did have much of an idea of where I might like my life to lead. Those who don’t determine a course of their own end up getting caught in the wake of those who do, and that is what was happening to ..read more
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Exploring the Inner Landscape
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by Brad Carr
7M ago
The Formation of the Inner World I have written openly in recent years about the early life experiences that shaped the way in which I see the world today; equipping me with a lens of compassion and sensitivity. For those of you who are new readers to my journal, I’ll provide a little bit of context. The outer world into which I was born was rather chaotic and turbulent, to say the least. I spent many of my waking hours on guard, wondering when the next home makeover might be. It didn’t take much to send my first stepfather into a fit of rage. He usually liked to have his own way, and if he di ..read more
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A New Dawn
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by Brad Carr
8M ago
A familiar stillness is in the air. The world has not yet woken up and I seem to be the only one here on Earth. It feels almost post-apocalyptic. I think back to many of the films and computer games that have inspired me throughout my life so far, and, on mornings like this, I feel like I am the character inside of my own. All of this time alone on the road gives me time to think. That is the beauty of being awake during these sacred hours, and another reason why I love to travel outside of my immediate local area for photography occasionally. The thinking time in the car is almost as importa ..read more
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Becoming Nature
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by Brad Carr
10M ago
‘Reach’ - A photograph by Brad Carr The impact that Mother Nature has had on my life over the past few years has been profound, to say the least. My life is, in so many ways, unrecognisable to the one that I was living just a few years ago, not to mention the one that I was living throughout my childhood years, during which I was often too afraid to leave my bedroom. Those people in my life who have known me for a while have even made comments about the significant changes within myself in recent times, and I believe that is a testament to the trees, mountains, and lakes that I have been freq ..read more
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Achieving Catharsis Through Nature Photography
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by Brad Carr
10M ago
This morning, I found it inside of myself to answer the 5.30am alarm call for the first time in months. This hasn’t been the most productive year for my photography portfolio to say the least. The motivation levels to get out and shoot have waned for much of it, as has my zest for life itself at times. I am not one to ‘fail’ too often, so, after far too many snoozes already this year, I was determined to beat myself this time round, and get out of bed before the world woke up to create something now that the seasons are finally beginning to show signs of change. Summer has never particularly b ..read more
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Connection First, Creativity Will Follow
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by Brad Carr
11M ago
This morning, I found it inside of myself to answer the 5.30am alarm call for the first time in months. This hasn’t been the most productive year for my photography portfolio to say the least. The motivation levels to get out and shoot have waned for much of it, as has my zest for life itself at times. I am not one to ‘fail’ too often, so, after far too many snoozes already this year, I was determined to beat myself this time round, and get out of bed before the world woke up to create something now that the seasons are finally beginning to show signs of change. Summer has never particularly b ..read more
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Finding Home in Wales
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by Brad Carr
11M ago
I arrived in Wales when I was eight years old. Me and my family had spent the previous six months or so living in a block flats just outside of Portsmouth city centre. It was busy, loud, and rather unattractive, to say the least. We would make regular visits to the seaside, to marvel at HMS Victory and HMS Warrior in port and escape the monotony and chaos of city centre living whenever possible but, from memory, there weren’t too many trees in sight. My mum had her roots in the countryside, and I’m sure that, had her childhood dreams come true, she would have been happily married, raising me ..read more
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