Category Archives: beauty

Beauty bringer

I spent a moment with the guy who takes care of the maintenance and cleaning of the areas of the building where I live. He agreed for me to make a photo reportage of him while doing his work.

Every day there are lots of people, invisible for many, who are cleaning the streets and discretely taking care of lots of little tasks to create order and make our lives more beautiful.

There are many ways to bring beauty.

Darkness project


In the middle of the dark winter time I found myself longing for images, portraits, that would reflect the darkness and quality of this time.
I LOVE this time of year with its calm and opportunity to be more introvert and reflected. Where it is natural for us to rest more and we feel the longing to hibernate, just as the animals and plants do.

So it became a photo project.
As it revolves around the feminine and Mother Earth, I have been searching for women willing to take part in this, to embody the power of the feminine qualities and the darkness.


Being a winter project it wants to happen during the dark time. As we are fast approaching the Equinox and the light is regaining its power I will let go of the project for a while with the possibility to come back to it in November.
Interested in taking part? Write me an email: dotseverine@gmail.com


Keywords:
mother earth
primitive life force
raw power
stillness
natural
inside / introvert / interior
wisdom
life and death
destruction
birth
change
hold the potential
nurturing
balance
the darkness and all that it contains of life giving as well as life threatening/, the unknown, the unseen, all that we fear and that which plays a part in shaping and developing us
the light in the dark

Keywords in Danish:
moder jord
urkraft
stilhed
naturlighed
det indre
visdom
liv og død
ødelæggelse
fødsel
forandring
at rumme potentialet
næring
balance
mørket og alt hvad det indeholder af livgivende såvel som livstruende, det ukendte, det usete, alt det vi frygter og som er med til at forme og udvikle os
lyset i mørket

Autumn leaves lamp shade


Every year in the autumn I get so happy and in awe about the bright colours of the foliage, the leaves of the trees turning yellow, orange, red, burgundy, red-brown before falling to the ground.

This year I gathered the brightest leaves that I came across, from different maples, red oak and lime trees. Making them into a lamp shade brings back the luminosity that I so much adore when I turn on the light in my living room.
Oh colour!



Medicine Wheel

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_Medicine Wheel on Møn, Denmark.

The Medicine Wheel is a core element in Native American traditions.

One of the most simple Medicine Wheels is based on the Four Directions: East, West, South and North. These are connected to the Four Elements: Fire, Earth, Water and Air; the building blocks of Life and expressions of universal energies.
They can also represent many other things according to the specific tradition.

The Medicine Wheel of the Delicate Lodge has eight Directions and eight corresponding colours and energies or qualities. It is a map of the Universe and at the same time a map of the human.
The qualities and building blocks of life are the same in the the small human scale as on the scale of the Universe. A picture of oneness, how the Universe is inside you and me and we are in the Universe as well. We are one.

It is a sacred and ceremonial space to be honored and cared for.

Here are some different examples of Medicine Wheels.
Often they are built on the land of a circle of stones and with a fire pit in the center. They can take many other shapes however, in the form of an altar, of a work of art or a round calendar.

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_The large Star Maiden Wheel at Star Dance in New Mexico, USA.

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_Preparation to light the fire, Medicine Wheel on Møn, Denmark

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_The fire burning in the center of the Wheel

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_An altar in the shape of a small Medicine Wheel with objects representing the Four Directions / Four Elements.

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_Medicine Wheel in a Danish winter landscape.

Also see the post Opening the wheel.

Scottish fog

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One of the magic experiences of my recent trip to Scotland was a foggy morning in Tobermory, Isle of Mull. The ferry to Kilchoan wasn’t sailing because of the fog – all ferries to & from Mull were suspended. We were patiently waiting on the quay. Nothing else to do than relax and enjoy the misty scenery.
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Daffodil time

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This year I am amazed about the daffodils shining their sunny beauty wherever they can squeeze themselves in, by edges of roads and on grass areas.
However they are unpopular for many: Many of these were cut down the following day!
Why not let them stay, let them spread?
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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is known from many movies and western imagery.
I visited the National Park in March 2015 after I went to see the Grand Canyon.
Both are spectacular sights that have already been photographed extensively.
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We arrived in the evening after dark and after a night at the amazing campground we got up to witness the sun rising on the horizon:
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After breakfast we entered the loop road that takes the visitors round and between the rock formations:
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20150401_0296b_H624Don’t forget to look back when you drive away from Monument Valley into Utah, as another great view awaits!