Walk on the wild side

Wild side

The brain is programmed to spot differences. So when things look the same, sound the same, smell the same, the brain doesn’t notice it.

Before we were humanoids, a long time ago that was handy, because when nothing changed, we felt at ease, but when something did, it was danger and we ran away as fast as we could.

The part of the brains responsible for that reflex is the amygdala; also called lizard brain, a very old part of our brain. It senses danger.

It’s also the part where instincts and gut feelings originate; primal thoughts; subconscious or involuntary processes. Here’s a nice contradiction in terminus.

I mean, when everything stays the same, it is boring, but gives a save feeling. Point is, it is also a status quo: Nothing changes.

On the other hand, when we follow our gut, there’s a good chance things will change and sometimes radical. For example, buying a house when there’s a crisis or just follow your heart when you’re in love.

Both cases create a brand new situation, out of the ordinary, so the lizard brain is scared and wants to run, but our gut feeling says: “Hey, it’s OK, I like this!”.

Well, HUSH the lizard brain I say! Even when it’s hard and the lizard brains is screaming the alarms and sirens, follow your gut.

Walk on the wild side, it’s a good place to be.

First impulse

Reformation 8

I was going through the digital photos we took since the birth (and that is a lot!) of our son and I noticed a peculiar thing.

With digital cameras it is easy and tempting to make a lot of pictures.

So when something ‘happens’ we click a way, but…. I found that in 8 out of 10 pictures, the first was actually the best. Even when the photo wasn’t sharp, the scene was the best.

I liked the discovery I made, because it was something I sometimes forget. It is the first impulse that often is the best thing to do. It’s an intuitive thing.

Something directly from the sub-conscious maybe and the way I see it, the sub-conscious is sensing a lot more thing then the conscious ‘us’s’.

After that, rationalization kicks is and we change our minds. Doing things instead of Being. I decided to live life more like an analogue camera. Reacting on the impulse, doing my best to make it sharp and click.

And even when it’s not sharp. The memory won’t be less ‘umpressive’.

When the film roll is developed, I’ll see the result. In the meantime, I enjoy the film roll of my life.

Oh, one more thing.
Make sure to create enough situations that are worth photographing.

Happy shooting.

This painting is part of the Reformation series.
 Reformation is embracing new knowledge and insights in order to rewire existing patterns in the brain and ones natural behavior. Reformation is phase One and internal. Phase Two is Transformation the external result.