Meraki (pronounced: may-rah-kee); Greek; adjective 1. To do something with soul, creativity, or love. 2. To put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing.
Meraki, is Greek and it describes how we do things for those we love. This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work. When you love doing something that you put your entire self into, the love and happiness shows. The light of your soul shines through and it manifests into the world.
This image was captured on my first journey to New York in 2013. On a walk along the High Line I came across this beautiful image an artist painted on the side of a building. In that moment I wanted to capture the energy felt in and amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy city where despite all this, people find time to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the city.
L I F E
As one journeys through life, one realises that life is what happens when you are busy making plans, but if you are more 'present' everything changes and the light shines in - it's a gift, so live it. Be grateful for opportunities and all that life has to offer.
T H E
'Elysian' - adjective, meaning beautiful and creative; divinely inspired; peaceful and perfect.
S O U L S
'Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life' -
'Wabi - sabi' - (n) the discovery of beauty in imperfection; the acceptance of the cycle of life and death
J O U R N E Y
'Life is a journey, not a destination'
Ralph Waldo Emerson
B O K E H :
Bokeh is a word that is sometimes spoken of by photographers, usually with a descriptive adjective like smooth or soft attached to it. Some think the term bokeh refers to a shallow depth of field or to anything that’s out of focus, but it’s actually a word that originated in Japan and has a specific definition that goes beyond just referring to a shallow depth of field.
In Japanese, Boke means blur, and in the photography world, bokeh refers to the aesthetic quality of a photo’s out of focus areas, especially the highlights. Certain lenses render these out of focus areas better than others since each lens differs optically.
C R E A T I V E
How do you become creative? You live it - it is active not passive. What you present, you receive.
I N F I N I T Y
'When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?'