When I first thought about
the idea of going to an art gallery where all of the work is of the
Everglades and the environment, I did not think much of it. I honestly
thought it would be boring and kind of a waste of time. But, when I walked
in the door of the little cottage-like building I knew I was wrong.
Black and white photos
have more colors than color photos actually do. They show the beauty of the
photo and do not have any kinds of distractions that colors bring. The
little bit of time that we spent in Clyde Butcher's gallery had an impact
on me, one that will probably last for the rest of my life.
It is amazing how he can
turn something so simple as a photograph into an unforgettable piece of
work. Maybe it is because we do not have the time to enjoy nature that
Butcher's work is so incredible. Life today in the twenty-first century
revolves around material things, that if gone today can be replaced
tomorrow. The only true value they have is monetary. Is that a value at
all? How can paper painted with colors give something a value?
Butcher's art brings out
the meaning of life. It reminds me that today's fast paced life makes us
forget about the true importance of life. Butcher spends an entire day out
waiting for that one perfect picture. He takes the time to enjoy the real
beauty and capture it at its finest.
The sadness of living in
today's world is that people actually can't afford to spend a day outside
just sitting there. We either have to work, go to school, or do chores
around the house. There is always something that we have to do and which
cannot be left undone.
All of Butcher's art is a
reflection of life the way I see it. When we are given gifts, we don't look
at how much time the person spent to choose it or that they took the time
to remember us. No, the typical person will look at how much they spent and
when they are getting a gift for that person will spend no more and no less
then they did. The photographs show the time that Butcher spent to capture
them. They also show that we forget to stop and smell the roses.
It is something I always
promised myself. When I was younger my parents never stopped to smell the
roses. In a sense I can't complain because I always had what I wanted
materialistically but not what I really wanted. I wanted them to take the
time to get to know me, and the both of them, not just one because the
other one was tired or busy. My parents are great, they really are. But,
sometimes I feel that they judge me based on the extent of my education and
how much money I make in my career. Why they taught me that, I really don't
know, but it often makes me feel like I am not good enough.
To me it is important to
see beyond how much money a person is "worth" and take the time to get to
know who they really are in terms of personality, thoughts, and just what a
person is about. I feel like that has kept my parents from actually getting
to know me. That is why I appreciate Butcher's work even more. He takes
the time to look deep into nature and discover the beauty that you can't
see at a glance. We can all take pictures, but we can't all capture a
description of nature itself, because most of us do not take the time. A
digital camera cannot help make a photo aesthetically beautiful, it is the
photographer. That is why we should give the people around us more time.
It shouldn't matter if a person is a CEO or a homemaker, you can't define
them based on their profession.
Earlier this year my
parents took the time. They, my brother, my fiancé and I went out on our
boat the first weekend we had it and spent from Friday to Sunday in the
middle of the ocean. We did not have television or Internet; we had each
other to get to know. We played card games, fished and talked. There was
time to get to know each other going beyond the judgments. That weekend
connected us so much that I can actually tell them that I love them.
I easily connected with
Butcher's work and saw beyond the fact that it was just a photograph of a
flower or clouds. He took so much time to get that perfect picture. I think
of each one as the epitome of his connection. Nature let Butcher borrow its
beauty as a gift for him taking the time to get to know it.
It is the simple things in
life that we need to make time for and appreciate. This is a message that I
have carved into my heart and have made sure that my fiancé shares it with
me so that we can pass it on to our children and those we surround
ourselves with. Blue-collar, white-collar, we are all the same. Money is
not always there to take care of you and help you when you are going
through a hard time. It is those people who spend the time to get to know
Black and white, the
photos tell us more than we think. Butcher's work has taken something such
as nature and taken it beyond just thoughts and made it into a beautiful
photo without the colors, and expanded on what defines the photo.