Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Memories in the dream
Time and place
The spirit unveils itself
To the imagination
Pulsating to the beat of a heart
Fleeting In a moment
In the offering
In which a prayer drifts up to the Gods
The dream floats on the ocean
The gentle waves tease its desire
The desire to be still
To find its place in the eternal bliss.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Where does the journey begin and end? Or indeed does it at all or not join in an ever decreasing circle, like a ripple from a rain drop falling on still water.
The water comes from the Ocean, evaporates into the sky from which it falls back to the Ocean. As it lands it creates a tiny wave, which in time becomes still, in peace, in a place called home.
Image made in Northern Thailand, 2009
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
A shell, a glorious memory to a beautiful place, a beautiful time. Kept safe on the shelf, dusted, cared for, re-lived. The shell itself, uprooted from its home, taken, it didn't ever give its permission to go, to be put in a pocket and flown across the ocean to a new place. Then in turn the person who relocated this delicate thing has to do the same herself, uproot, pack her things, her life into 20 allocated boxes. How does one decide what can go and what can not? Which stone, which shell, which pot? It's funny how ones life can be squashed down to size, to a certain amount of kilo's, nothing more, nothing less than 350 kilo's. But it's not what's is in the boxes themselves, but the joy of finding that hidden treasure you have forgotten about, until you hold it in your hands and the memory comes flooding back. At the end of the day things are just things, a physical presence, but it is not the physical that matters. At this time I am preparing to be uprooted once again, in 9 weeks time myself and my husband will be moving to Kathmandu, Nepal. An exciting prospect, yes, a scary prospect, yes, everything I love right now is here. But where is here? Where is home? I have come to discover that there are things and people to love wherever one is, home is in the journey, the joy is in our hearts, find peace there, find a place to rest there and the rest really doesn't matter! These shells were 'released' back to nature in a beautiful place, where they in turn can find happiness. Om shanti shanti shanti.
Images made TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, May 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The beautiful Goddess flew and she flew
Flew and flew watching over you.
She came to a gentle place where people went to pray under a Jasmine tree.
She took off her wings and gave them to a tree that bore no leaves or flowers as a magic gift
And gently slipped into a beautiful dream
Images made in Laos, and TTDI, Kuala Lumpur 2008
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Sometimes the paths we choose to journey seem filled with obstacles and difficulties, but then having reached the destination we feel stronger, we have achieved and learned many lessons along the way. I always think of that age old saying: ' a thousand mile journey, starts with a single step.' We have to have courage and determination, overcome our fears and leap both feet forward into the unkown. At the end of this journey where the above image was made, we were blessed with the sight of a glorious elephant, very close, very wonderful, yes oh lord Ganesha we overcame the bumpy, challenging road, one where rhino's wander, to get to you. You, the protector, the overcomer of all obstacles, you oh wonderful elephant God, raise your trunk high into the sky in triumph.
image made in Namibia, 2005.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Home is a series of 5 images, a Tibetan man living in exile, has a dream in prayer of his return home to Tibet. When he finds himself there, the dream turns into a nightmare, facing violence he meets his death. But through his death he finds his inner spirit, and learns that the only true home we have is within the journey.
Thoughts and prayers are always with the Tibetan people inside and outside of Tibet. May you all find peace, Om shanti Om.
Images are digitally manipulated.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Sending prayers and thoughts to Japan at this time of crisis, to all the people and animals, trees and plants suffering right now, shanti to you all.
Mother Earths message really can't be any clearer, she needs us now, she needs us all to take responsibility for her health, she needs healing.
Let us all make a real effort now, for the sake of our world, humanity, animals, fish, plants and all living beings.
Turn off unnecessary power, don't use plastic bags, cut down on our water usage, walk instead of driving, if we all really make a effort and do it in love for the Earth, we will make a difference. We are all responsible, we all have to make a difference now.
Om shanti shanti shanti
Images made in Japan 2008.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Crossing Borders was a trip that lasted 23 days, begun in Hanoi and ended in Chang Mai; crossing borders from Vietnam into Laos, and from Laos into Thailand.
As I embarked on this journey I began to realise how many borders there really are from that to village to village, from different tribes of clans of people, to those borders we create ourselves, for example a sheet between mattresses on the floor creating a separation, a ‘hey this is my space.’ Borders between farmers fields, borders of electricity wires looking like they have carved up the sky, marks left on boards from posters creating its own empire. It made me think of how we separate our daily lives, from that of different rooms or areas in our living spaces, to the journeys made of the food we eat, or that to which we cage.
People cross borders every day from one street to another, from one village to another, from one country to another, some legal crossings some not. It made me think about how our entire world is carved up from beginnings until now, how it has changed and what dramatic effects it has had.
I am so lucky, me; the traveller, able to cross borders and push boundaries, for so many this is not a possibility.
Therefore ‘crossing borders’ is my homage to this journey, to all that I witnessed and all those that I met.
Images made in Vietnam and Laos, Crossing Borders is available as a limited edition box set consisting of 15 prints.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The people came out onto the streets and they raised their voices and spoke. What has been said has been said, what is yet to be done we shall wait for the future to bring. Colloquial an exhibition of images made in Cairo throughout 2002 until 2006, has been shown in Cairo and Kuala Lumpur and is available as a limited edition hand made book, for more on the work please visit my website on www.nicolazammit.net
Sending my love to the streets and people that warmly welcomed me, took me as part of the family, cooked for me and I in turn cooked for them, we drank tea and ate together, laughed and cried together, my thoughts are with you all now as you are looking for a brighter future for your wonderful country.
When I asked my friend one day how she felt about her city Cairo, she replied, "How can a mother express her feelings for her child in words, so much love, it is the same for this city."
Images made in the city of Cairo 2002-2006 and are also available as limited edition prints.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Vrikshasan- Tree Pose
incorporates 3 lines of energy, emitting from the centre outwards. One line proceeds down the straight leg, another extends up the spine and out the finger tips and the thrid moves outward through the bent leg.
making trees in concrete places, sending roots down into the earth and branches up to the sky, reaching reaching to find the sun.
Vrikshasan helps to focus the mind and cultivate concentration, to obtain rootedness and the firmness of a tree. It improves balance and co-ordination, strengthens and tones the leg muscles, ankles and feet, improves flexibility in the knees and hips.
Lets all be trees, love trees, be trees.
images made in Kuala Lumpur 2011.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The sun is our soul, the moon our mind, so what then is a tree? Spreading its roots deep into the earth, spreading its branches up towards the sun, supporting the world and giving life. To me a tree is a friend with no conditions, always there in the same place, sometimes with different clothes on or even naked, sometimes bearing fruit or flowers, always giving, always there.
"What did the tree learn from the earth? To be able to talk with the sky." Pablo Neruda
Image made in Western Australia 2010.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
At any given moment in time, nature is unflolding around you and within you. Receive the energies from the earth, flowers and trees, stars and bees......................all creatures in oneness and awareness of each other in harmony and peace.
Om shanti :-)
Thursday, January 6, 2011
May the long time sun
shine upon you
all love surround you
and the pure light
guide your way on
Wishing you all a happy new year may your hearts be full of joy and peace.
words from Snatam Kaur image made in Western Australia; Stirling range mountain 2010.