Now that Iselle is a memory, listening to the silence between Kauai hurricanes brings forth a lovely symphony we might otherwise overlook.
Hurricane preparation is like getting ready for a blizzard with a little more notice. People stock up on provisions, stow things, gas up their cars and prepare for power and water disruption. In the calm between Kauai hurricanes, we’re holding over the prep we’ve already done.
Concurrently, my coaching group’s weekly topic has been “silence.” We’re encouraged to explore each topic in an interesting mix of reflection and implementation, personal and business situations alike. In the midst of hurricane prep, it didn’t seem particularly apt at first.
We have talented artists in our group who create impressive paintings and multi-media work each week. They’re constantly stretching themselves, interpreting the topic with new materials and processes. I’ve been using this creative head space to work on photography with my iPhone. This time, the assignment was challenging: to create a piece of art that depicts “silence.”
Thinking about the topic du jour often turns metaphorical in my head. We find ourselves positioned in the calm between Kauai hurricanes, in the quiet days before we leave the island. Silence can take on myriad attributes: sinister and foreboding if one is fearful, perhaps. Or, silence can be peaceful and calming if one has come to a reckoning, as we have. A silent space can be pregnant with future energy. Ours is.
What seems like silence in our jungle neighborhood is actually filled with sound; the river might be subdued and the birds quieter, but they’re still there. Even in silent meditation, we hear the sound of our breathing as we become the breath. Really, really listening to the silence brings forth a lovely symphony we might otherwise overlook.
So what about trying to capture silence in a photograph for this challenging assignment? How does one make the artistic transfer between the two senses of hearing and sight? I turned to the water garden in an attempt to get beneath the surface. Perhaps it truly is silent in there, but I doubt it. Underwater can be full of sound, too.
Nonetheless, the reveal is a world that seems tranquil and balanced. Its denizens aren’t particularly concerned, if they’re even aware, that they’re between Kauai hurricanes. The photos are about a moment of now.
I’m happy with these results.