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LEGACY - #70

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Created July 17, 2014 in Boulder, CO, USA.

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About LEGACY - #70

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” - Leonardo da Vinci

“Number 70” means that thus far in my life I have gone out into the wild 70 times and created a well composed photograph of a completely unique, site-specific stone sculpture. Each adventure is a new edition. As I create more and more editions, I believe that the number of the edition is incredibly significant. 

Driving up the canyon on my motorcycle on the way to this gorgeous spot, I kept thinking about the number 70. Slowly, this huge limiting belief of mine began to creep up until finally I could admit it: the belief that I will never live to be 70 years old. I am currently 24 years old, and a lot can happen until then.. 

It was a warm summer day along a beautiful mountain stream which steadily flowed through the bottom of a Rocky Mountain canyon. The Aspen trees by the stream were such nice shade of deep green. Small birds quickly flew back and forth above the water, and intermittent rain wetted the dry rocks standing strong to the flow of the constant stream. When I came upon this spot, I nearly thought I was dreaming.

This edition was created on July 17. On this same day in 1967, legendary jazz musician John Coltrane passed away. He was only 40. How could a man of such talent and creativity only live to be 40? This thought weighed heavy on my mind as I also thought about many of my favorite artists… most of which passed away at a fairly young age. The anniversary of Coltrane’s death served as a humble reminder of life’s fragility and fed the idea that I may have the same fate.

All this thinking of past and future began to tear me away from the presence of the beautiful scene that lay before me. After dunking my hands in the stream and trying to find an answer for how to proceed, I eventually became fully present with the flow. No words will ever be able to express this feeling of connection with the earth that I felt. 

Then, I realized what I had to do. I had to create an edition with the intent of reflecting back on it when I turned 70 years old... a photo that I could only truly understand when I am 70. This creative spark led to action. 

The balance itself took an hour to create, with very careful emphasis on the selection and placement of each stone. It was a struggle to find the balance point within myself, but with a little bit of grandfather-style patience and dedication everything clicked into place.

I am extremely pleased with the result, and this edition serves as a great reminder that the ones who create the greatest legacy do so by fully embracing each moment.