“It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. 'I am watching you -- are you watching yourself in me?' Most travelers hurry too much...the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly -- but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling...you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you'll be there.” Lawrence Durrell, Spirit Of Place: Letters And Essays On Travel
When it happens, the present moment appreciation, we get the essence of what is around us. What he calls "the whispered message" I prefer to call as communication with what experience through our senses at that moment. It is like receiving the essence energy from what is around us which allow us to understand the moment and things moment.
I like when he talks about "the spirit wide open, and not too much factual information" which distracts your senses perception from the present moment with thoughts, expectation and judgement.
My goal is to transmit such essential message and experience through photography.