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Stepping Off the Path

Photo taken by contributor Rachael Talibart, a photographer based in Surrey, England. She has always enjoyed photography, but when she started to suffer chronic pain it became more than a hobby/occupation. Taking photographs became a way for her to cope with her pain. She used it as a mindfulness tool, a way of focusing on the now, and on things outside of herself instead of pain or other troubles. When she is taking a picture, she is thinking only of what she is seeing and making. This allows her to notice things that she might otherwise have missed, and those things not only distract from pain but lead to other things, and so the creativity snowballs. When she is not making images, she is a student of literature, and has just completed her MA. Thus she has found herself wanting to put words to her images. She accompanies each piece by a quotation that she hopes expresses something of the feeling that she was trying to convey visually.

About this photo: “This is a picture of my children walking on the tidal causeway that leads to Elizabeth Castle, in Jersey, one of the Channel Islands.  The weather was terrible that day, the torrential rain obscuring our destination.  I waited for the moment when they left the apparent safety of the path and headed into nothingness.

‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson”

Find more from Rachael at her website or her blog.

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16 comments on “Stepping Off the Path

  1. Simon Hawketts
    October 25, 2013

    Brilliant picture with great leading lines

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  2. Bill Chance
    October 25, 2013

    What a great photograph – the feeling of loneliness and foreboding is palpable.

    Thanks for finding it and sharing.

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  3. livvy30
    October 25, 2013

    lovely shot!

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  4. Madhu
    October 25, 2013

    Stunning! I think the B&W enhances the feel.

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  5. rjujy
    October 25, 2013

    Incredibly beautiful photo, story and also the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I think what you are doing is a good work and thought provoking. Thanks.

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  6. Harbin77
    October 25, 2013

    Great picture and some time you have to walk off the path so you don’t slip and fall on your backside.

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  7. tuulimatilda
    October 25, 2013

    Very beautiful picture. Immediately caught my eye while I was scrolling through my reader. To me it looked like they are walking on water, maybe leaving reality and walking into a dream.

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  8. Rachael
    October 25, 2013

    Thank you all. I am go glad you enjoy the image. Sometimes bad weather forces one into being creative!

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  9. kitschings
    October 25, 2013

    Beautiful picture. Good on you for still getting out with your kids despite your troubles. 🙂

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  10. Paula McLane Jennings
    October 27, 2013

    awesome photo and perfect with that quote!

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  11. Amanda ♥ Unique So Chic
    October 27, 2013

    I love this, such a beautiful scene! 🙂

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  12. shredd111
    October 27, 2013

    Great image, i must say.

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  13. zoeelitaker
    October 28, 2013

    Stunning.

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  14. sarahvercoeimages
    October 29, 2013

    Gorgeous. Simple yet striking. Well done.

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  15. laurovz
    November 6, 2013

    Beautiful.

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  16. Rachael
    November 7, 2013

    Thank you, everyone, for the encouraging comments!

    Like

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