I feel in today’s generation everything happens to fast, people do not wish to take the time and process for things to happen. If they are able to achieve less but get something done much faster, it is that method that they would choose. I took this photo because I was taking time out of my day to view and appreciate the beautiful environment around me. I would have not been able to see this butterfly in the grass, if I was on my regular ” hustle and bustle” to get through my day. Sometimes all you need is to slow things down, and appreciate the world around you.
This past Summer I worked as a festival co-ordinator for the Windscape Kite Festival and Long Days Night Music Festival. For the Windscape Kite festival, the festival takes place on a field on the far side of my home town. During preparation for the festival, we build fences, fill gopher holes, and even the farmer who owns the land mows the field for us. While walking through the field one day, we discovered this nest hidden on the ground within the grass on the field. This nest would have not been recognized if that certain person had not been paying attention. We decided to mark the nest with a flag as close as we could , and try to keep these little birds safe during the summer. During the whole summer these eggs survived, people respected the environment and left them alone, and even the farmer who mowed the grass went around it. During the summer I kept on going back to check out how they were doing. During these check-ins I was able to witness and view from first hand the beautiful work of nature, evolution, and human kindness to our earth that enabled these birds to survive.
Awhile back, I was asked to create a poster on a social issue or event that matter to you the most. Within this, I choose to focus myself on Human Rights Day. This gave me the opportunity to investigate what the word human rights meant, and what it was like for those who had or has had their rights token away. We sometimes take the important things that we already possesses for granted. We sometimes forget to appreciate where we live, and what we have the present time that some folks do not have the privilege of having.
The photo I used was part of a poster “installation” that I had created. The project required us to display our final product within the environment it was placed, and focus making it so it was able to stand out from the other “posters” within it on display. I choose to imitate taking the rights away from the people who were already using the board. It is one thing to tell someone about something, but when you are able to show or display that feeling or emotion to someone, I feel it makes much more of an impact. Displaying a poster is a right within itself, and some people do not possess these rights. So I took the rights away from the people in order to give them the perspective of the feeling and give them the time to appreciate or think about the day that is approaching, which is Human rights day.
Culture and identity are two things in our lives that we find precious and valuable. Growing up as a child we experience, and go through many things that make us who we are today. We never stop learning and growing, and with that we are on adventure to finding out who it is we are and our identity. One’s culture become very important to one another. It gives us a chance to connect with each other and also connect with are family in the past. In certain cultures we process certain ceremonies, traditions, or ways of living that we find most valuable. As human beings it gives us a chance to appreciate our ancestors, our traditions, and who we are as people.
I choose this photo because I took this photo while I was investigating a certain part of a culture within me that I new little about. This photo is taken at one of the first pow wows I ever attended. It was such a beautiful thing being surrounded by people who were all their for the same reason to cherish and celebrate ones culture with each other. The atmosphere was amazing with all the vibrant colours and the sounds of drums and singing, beating in diverse amount of rhythms and harmonies. A few years ago I went on an amazing journey of looking into my Metis culture, and searching into the part of my ancestral history that had been lost within my family. Even though the Metis culture is its own culture within its self, I was most interested in the first nations background that was within my family and how the culture was hidden within my family, and reasons behind it. It interested me to study the past, and the culture; and how the people within it were viewed in both the past and present and both the purpose and outcomes of the choices made. Within this journey, I was embraced by a beautiful culture and by beautiful people with stories and teachings that I had no idea I would encounter at the beginning of the journey to finding my culture and culture within my identity.