Brinton Duncan

Brinton Duncan Collection

 ‘Buddha Sunrise’

11x14, 1 of 40

Matted 3”, framed, conservation glass, certificate of authenticity

$375 (plus tax)

 

The definition of Buddha is “the enlightened one, a knower.”  It is believed that the Buddha statue is the most important source of communicating self-discipline and peace of mind. 

 

They say an image speaks 1,000 words.  If this image were to speak, it may be that of peace, abundance, light and of the utmost positivity.  The truth behind the image is that it was quite a chaotic and somewhat difficult time for me; so to see how my inner feelings are shadowed while the outer appearance of a beautiful image comes to light can be a great teacher...  

 

We all live day to day responding to the “how are yous” of passerby’s with, “fine and you,” without really sharing the truth of what’s inside.  Let this be a message to nurture the inner you.  To be strong in the moments you need to, but to not be afraid to speak from our hearts, to ask for help at times and to really feel what you’re feeling without hiding it.  For you may look like you’re fine on the outside, but really pay attention and be kind with the you on the inside, because no one else may know the truth unless it’s voiced.

 

“This immense energy flows through me, but the message is unclear. I had thought these feelings may have left me, but they still live.  This is my darkness I must learn to work with…  Letting life flow and riding the wave can be a godsend, but having disciplines seems important for personal growth.”

 

This picture was taken on October 18th, 2016, nearly 1 year into the travels of a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

‘Amazonian Oasis’

12x18, 1 of 25

Fine Art Paper, matted 3”, framed, conservation glass, certificate of authenticity

$550 (plus tax)

 

The jungle holds a different connotation depending on the person and their particular set of experiences- it can evoke feelings of fear and anxiety, bring glimpses of natural beauty and exotic animals, and so on; but to me, it’s that of simplicity.  

 

“An extended stay in the jungle can and will shatter everything you think you know about the reality you’ve forever called your life.”  The concrete jungle often bombards us with so much information and non-natural sensory input that it’s just near impossible to listen to the truth your body carries within.  The jungle restores and rejuvenates, allowing the body to once again become a finely tuned instrument or an extension of nature itself. 

 

“The jungle awaits the energy of the sun to bring its warmth, its sense of comfort; the energy that fills the heart and induces a playful hypnosis of joy.  Illusions of mind dissipate as time in the human experience moves forward.

 

Apparent roles in a small civilization cultivate into a synchronistic harmony.  Jungle animals stay loyal.  Creative and open individuals inspire growth in the roots of the soul.  Nothing is impossible here, just limited by the mind and immediate resources.”

 

When one thinks of ‘the real world,’ is it that of business nature and survival of the best 9-5 worker, or that of living in harmony with the land, plants and animals, with a direct link to your carbon footprint?

 

This picture was taken on February 21st, 2016, the near beginning of what would become a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

Alpinia Purpurata

5x7, 1 of 100

Matted 3”, framed, UV glass

$120 (plus tax)

 

These flowers, also known as ‘red ginger’ or ‘jungle king’ are surprisingly common and scattered through the jungle breaking up the green hues with their vibrant red flowers. 

 

 “When shooting a flower, you must sway in the wind, as does the flower.  Your breathing slows and focus is only on the present moment with that flower.  Time stops for just a moment.  You capture the image, then move on until the next thing that grabs your attention.  It's a catch and release.”

 

“As soon as I arrived to the jungle, my body began buzzing at a frequency not familiar.  An airy, light high surged through my being for several hours.  The jungle noises saturate my aura and I allow myself to be free as I rediscover myself by looking inwards, while my surroundings are pure.  The natural resonance of the environment and earth now is my only knowing.  It’s amazing how quickly one can adapt and feel at home.”

 

This picture was taken on January 13th, 2016, the near beginning of what would become a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe. 

  

 

 

 

 

‘Cascade Saint-Benoît, France’

8x12, 1 of 60

Matted 3”, framed, conservation glass

$245 (plus tax)

 

In the mountainous area of Avrieux, France, there are certainly big things in this small town.  Steep cliff faces and roadways conceal this waterfall until walking right up to it.  At a modest 90 meters tall, the power can still be felt from the tree line as wind spews mist outward.  By the time it reaches the basin below, the once stream is an almost gravity defying mist soaking anything in its path.

 

Following the heart as a guide through winding roads with no real destination, I arrived to a town while traveling with a friend from one past to meet a friend from another.  It was a Frenchman I had met in the Amazon Jungle that brought my other childhood friend together.   

 

This is where I knew my travels were coming to an end.  A fantasy of what could happen was replaced with a reality of what will happen.  While keeping the road open was important, having a place to go and family to arrive to became a soon to be destination.

 

The theme had been ‘people and interactions’ on this leg of the adventure in Europe.  Moving in and out of friendships lasting a day, weeks or longer, I had been fortunate to meet incredible people who shared what they had to offer:  their words, their talents, their space… and I did the same.  The road brought a synchronicity- almost a knowingness that paths were meant to cross, at times.  The people here inspired me to harvest what has been lying dormant for some time inside.

 

This picture was taken on July 6th, 2017, nearing the end of a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘French Alps’

11x14, 1 of 40

Matted 3”, framed, conservation glass, certificate of authenticity

$375 (plus tax)

 

In a chalet that lies in the mountains of France, lives a sunset that plays on repeat day in and day out.  This is the view that counters that sunset.  Sharp edges meet fluffy clouds, natural beauty meets manmade sustainability, complex structures of immense size meet life of all sizes, but dwarfed in comparison.

 

“I am not on a search for anything in particular, I've chosen to explore cultures, live more slowly, love and let go, experience parts of life that many find too far from their version of 'normal.'  I'm just as inspired by my friends succeeding in their stable jobs as I am by people who give up everything to spend more time in nature, flowing in and out of their own way of life and their art.

 

The future is unknown and the present is vibrant. I recommend to not give into fears, but to go towards them. Learn why something makes you feel that way.  Explore not just what makes you happy, but what makes you sad, what makes you move and what makes you stay still.  Stop waiting for dreams to happen, make them happen and don't expect immediate results.”  

 

The mountains are a special place of reflection and beauty; a place that has its own language to speak, it’s own voice to be heard, it’s own path to carve.

 

This picture was taken on July 7th, 2017, nearing the end of a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Grandiose Canyon’

12x18, 1 of 25

Fine Art Paper, matted 3”, framed, conservation glass, certificate of authenticity

$245 (plus tax)

 

Arriving to the Grand Canyon is an instant gratification of awesomeness that sweeps over your body.  The vast surface area dipping more than 6,000 feet down and roughly 10 miles to the other rim brings a sense of realness, an intrinsic knowledge that one wrong step can separate life from death.  This dry desert of what was once a flowing river separates timelines- one of fluidity and abundance, one of scarcity and stillness.  One cant help but wonder of the stark contrasts that rest between the now and the past.  

 

To say the least, the Grand Canyon is a grounding experience.  As with any landscape of a grand scale, you’re immediately put in your place as a small animal living on a large rock.  “It brings a sense that the NOW is the sum of all past causations up to this point.  It’s no accident that you’re in the position you are now.  It comes down to where you direct your focus, with whom you’re surrounded in the periphery and what has already filled your belief system.”  

 

This picture was taken on November 10th, 2016, nearly 1 year into the travels of a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Ligurian Coast, Italy’

5x7, 1 of 100

Matted 3”, framed, UV glass

$120 (plus tax)

 

Reflecting on past relationships and the beauty of love shared and lost, the coast lit up as the moon rose above the horizon.  With each passing moment, the moon shared its light, while diminishing the light of the stars around it.  The calmness of a beach below mixed with voices of youthful experiences reminded me that everything has its moment, its lesson and its balance.

 

For little to nothing, I arrived to a place that others mark off their bucket list; one that is often simply a destination, while missing the journey.  I felt thankful for such experiences, such as setting up a hammock, capturing imagery and making new friends in strange places.

 

“Traveling doesn’t just move you through time and space, it changes your perception of the two and how you interact with them.  It changes your values and opens your heart, opens your beliefs and makes you confident in many situations, flowing with little stress.  At this time, I feel ready to move into a reality of stillness, disciplines, sense of purpose and security for the future me.”

 

This picture was taken on July 16th, 2017, nearing the end of a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Peruvian Andes’

5x7, 1 of 100

Matted 3”, framed, UV glass

$120 (plus tax)

 

“Nature often speaks louder than words can portray.  There’s a connection that seems to alleviate any stress or fears and simply brings one to the current moment with the bonus of the beautiful views and good people.  It seems to be the remedy to any ailment I come across.”

 

This gorgeous hike was full of lessons, both physical and mental.  Often, we miss the moment by trying to capture it on a device to exchange for likes or external gratifications.  Nearly 6km into this 12km hike, it was discovered that there was no memory card was installed in my camera.  After much frustration [and placing one in], the realization to spend more time experiencing and less time capturing was obvious from here on out.  

 

Winding up and down the mountains was strenuous, but never had I known my knees to stop working and emit quite a pain and resistance…  It was a message to understand my body’s abilities, its needs and to take care of the one that has been gifted.

 

This picture was taken on March 16th, 2016, the near beginning of what would become a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Rennes-les-Bains, France’

8x12, 1 of 60

Matted 3”, framed, conservation glass

$245 (plus tax)

 

In the land where croissants run rampant, a small village with natural hot springs entices one to stay just a few more days than planned.  As if the town has been vacated, myself and two friends redefine luxury and privacy, meandering through empty cobblestone streets and alleyways, observing climbing vines on colorful houses and tasting the flavorful culinary that hides in this off the beaten track gem.

 

“All else begins to fade away; the now is all that I know.

 

I wake up in a tent, not yet knowing the structure of my day.  While I lost my own previous vision of what a day should look like, a day began to form into what it could look like.  

 

I never foresaw where my wildest dreams would take me.  I unzip my tent to reveal a small layer of woods and then overlooking a small village, Renne les Bains, France, where hot springs run freely; simply by walking below to the river in the center of town these are easily accessible.  The daily shower becomes fewer, a bed is far in between, average occurrences become extraordinary, flow state through life is the norm, and time no longer holds its significance…”

 

This picture was taken on June 5th, 2017, nearing the end of a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Spanish Way, Sunset’

8x12, 1 of 60

Matted 3”, framed, conservation glass

$245 (plus tax)

 

“‘Buen camino’ reverberates through my ears, meaning ‘good path.’  It’s the most commonly used phrase when passing ‘peregrinos,’ or pilgrims, on the ‘camino,’ or path.  Large backpacks with protruding tents and walking sticks are inevitable to come across in nearly any direction when on the Camino de Santiago.  Pilgrimage is abundant here, yet I’m still unsure what it means to most.  I just have my experience to glance upon to define such a word.

 

It seems to be a putting down of things you own, the letting go of a previous life created for a period of time to discover a new sense of freedom.  It’s a voyage, and not an easy one.  Most walk 20-30km per day, 3-6 hours per day, rain or scolding sunshine.  Support systems like cheap albergues/hostels exist to encourage such dedicated journeys to find peace through movement, giving a person less to worry about in their days.  Camping is another option and it’s free, but many times illegal.  This period of time is to reconnect to nature, to your body, the sensations and thoughts that arise, and helps to prioritize what’s important in your life.  It’s a process of leaving behind all the pre-conditioned norms and creating or rediscovering your own, while connecting with other pilgrims on a similar journey.  People smile, laugh, dance, sing, ache, pout, they smell, they create, and most importantly, they share.  Food is easy to come by.  Most have only the necessities to live and many live on little to no money.  Trust is huge and abundance is evident.  Vibes are pure and people seem to not be so excited to return to their ‘real’ lives.”

 

This picture was taken on April 20th, 2017, nearing the end of a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valle de Cocora Skies, Colombia’

5x7, 1 of 100

Matted 3”, framed, UV glass

$120 (plus tax)

 

“Located in a cloud forest where wax palms grow to the tallest in the world at up to 60 meters (196 ft) high, Cocora Valley, Colombia is one of the most photogenic and magical places that I’ve ever experienced.  At an altitude of about 1,800 meters (5,900 ft), the beauty and uniqueness of the lush greens and scattered palms throughout the grassy curvature of this mountainous landscape is evident upon arrival.  Fast moving clouds contrast with slow moving cattle.  The sun plays hide and seek as the clouds pass, accentuating depth from the diffused sun, while extraordinary backlighting appears with the harsh sun, bringing a sense of gratitude, stillness and wonder with each passing moment and changing ray of light.  

 

Something about palm trees and mountainous terrain feels off, yet so fitting.  Being surrounded by giants is nothing more and nothing less than a humbling experience reminding us of how tiny we truly are.”

 

This picture was taken on September 22nd, 2016, the near beginning of what would become a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Vatican Awe’
11x14, 1 of 40

Matted 3”, framed, conservation glass, certificate of authenticity

$375 (plus tax)

 

From the natural world to a world of manmade creations, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is at the pinnacle of human innovation and creativity, and is frankly, one of the most impressive pieces of architecture and art that one may ever visit.  It is regarded as one of the holiest sites of Christianity and Catholic Tradition, and one of the largest, covering an area of about 5.7 acres.  

 

Built over the grave site of Saint Peter in the 4th century A.D., the old Basilica was knocked down and replaced by a new one that spanned over 100 years of construction from 1506 to 1626.  All the great architects of the Roman Renaissance and Baroque were part of its design, including Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donato, Giacomo della Porta and Maderno.  

 

Upon arrival, Swedish Guards are standing on duty with an unmistakable yellow, red and purple striped attire and stone-like posture.  Statues tower over like giants, with several at ground level and many scattered in large crevices, on the roof and other.  The quality of work in Rome was unlike anything I’d seen in other places, especially the details in sculptures.  A cramped neck is unavoidable, as the textures and gold tones draw you in to attempt the mind-blowing details that captivate you at about 450 ft above your head.  The mosaics, sculptures, materials used, and expressions of passerby’s are enough to take you on a journey to the past, leaving you in awe of the magnificence and complexity that humans are able to conceive, create and feel.

 

This picture was taken on July 22nd, 2017, nearing the end of a two-year journey through South America, The United States, and Europe.

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