The last year has been different for all of us. The corona pandemic has changed the way we live and how we interact with each other. Many have suffered losses, both in loved ones passing away, but also in severe illness. I have been very lucky in that I have stayed healthy and that no one close to me has been ill or passed away.
What has become very clear to me during the pandemic is my need of being outside in nature. To go out and walk in a forest or at a beach has been my survival strategy, my way of recovering. It gives me energy, and at the same time gives me peace. One place in particular is important to me, the beach where I spent my summer vacations when I went to school.
It is hard for me to put into words the feelings when I am outside in nature. Serenity, peace, calmness, but also energy and joy. When I visit the beach I love, I also feel a very deep sense off connection, of being at home. I feel that my roots go deep into the earth here. I feel balanced. These feelings are not related to time of year or weather, but are connected to the place itself.
The images in this series are taken during the winter season, and not always in the best of weather, but this is one aspect of the beach that is just as important to me as the warm summer days. Even though they might look cold and windy, I feel warm when I see the images. It makes me feel at home, at peace, in balance.
My hope is that my images will make you feel some of the serenity that I feel when visiting the beach, as well the energy that I get while being there. I hope you also have a place, real or metaphorical, where you feel really at home, where you can be at peace and rest your mind.
Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies No. 1
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