James Walters

Stillness

James Walters
Stillness

 

Winter chills my soul in subtle shades of blue. The breeze the birds, the gentle rustle of leaves all absent.  Only stillness remains.

Dawn on a chilly February morning seemed like a good enough time to jump into a lake.

With high hopes that our hip waders wouldn't fail us, and a fresh set of batteries in my camera remote, we embarked on a semi-submerged journey into enchanted stillness.  My model, Allie showed her patience and bravery by standing perfectly still in freezing water up to her waist for nearly twenty minutes.  She's my hero.

I had two regrets for this session.  First, that sweater I was wearing with the horizontal stripes.  What was I thinking?  Second, the five yards of silky scarlet fabric I bought to flow on top of the water sunk like a brick and even attaching empty water bottles as floaters didn't help much.

This image reminds me of my love for July and how much I'd rather be complaining about the heat and humidity of the South.

How will history remember you? Okay, that's heavy, and we just met, so I'll take the pressure off and begin again by introducing myself. My mission is to help you answer that first question. I want to show you and your world in a way you haven't seen before and at some point hopefully incite a small riot inside your head. An unapologetic Gen-X warrior for self-expression, I help people tell their stories. Not just the pretty and polished, "made for Linkedin" version, but the real essence of their legacy. At my core, I'm a visual artist. The still photographic image has been my story telling medium for decades. Now I use words, images and on the rare occasion images in motion to push others to be more, do more and express more than they originally thought was reasonable. Are you still reading this? Really? I'm impressed. Moving on... I am Southern, though not fried. In my view, Bar-b-que should be enjoyed with any sauce on hand at the time. There is no need to quibble over which style of sauce best compliments. The real question is, "slaw or hushpuppies?" The correct answer is, "yes!".