I remember very well, when I was a child the first time somebody explained me that our ¨huge¨ planet was just a tiny particle in the middle of a infinite space. I felt an indescribable emptiness in my stomach and a feeling of confusion in my head, how could it be possible that such a huge planet, where the humans are the “kings” and “lords” would be just a grain of sand in the immensity of the universe?
Ever since then, I had this question on my mind and the curiosity about the universe, the stars, our planet and the energy that goes around all of them, specially how we as humans are connected to this huge and unknown system? Little by little, I started finding information, people and knowledge that allow me to start understanding a little bit more how and where to start putting the first pieces of the puzzle in my head and soul to understand the riddle.
After all these years, I have come to some conclusions, today I want to share one of them with you, which was my first personal approach to understand the universe at this moment in my life. I dont pretend for this to be an indissoluble truth and even less pretend to convince you of something… these are just some thoughts, that can evolve and change with time as the universe does every day.
Today I understand that we human beings are not the lords of our planet nor even of the universe, we are just another tiny grain of sand which has a role in the gear of universe. I started to think this way the day I found a paragraph in the book of Celsus “On the True Doctrine: The Discours Against the Christians“, the paragraph says “…And if they object this verse from Euripides: “The sun and the night are at the service of man”, I will ask, why were them made more for us than for ants and flies? The night doesn’t serve them, as it does for us, to rest, the sunlight to see clearly and work?…”
That specific paragraph made a change in my way to see the universe, I understood that our huge planet, which is in direct connection with our solar system and with the universe, is also in direct connection with that ant and vice versa. At the same time the planet has this same relation with me, with no distinctions, the ant and me are in the same level of relation for the planet, so If I wanted to be connected to the universe, I should have a honest relation with the planet as the wise ant does.
To have that honest relation with the planet, I should start by having a honest relation with me and that starts by finding what is my real task in life, as the ant knows it and just does it. In my case, for many different cultural and religious reasons that were blocking my mind, my soul and my spirit, it took me 35 years to find out which was that task that will allow me a honest connection with the Universe.
When you find that task you should perform in the planet, you will know it immediately because ones you do it for the first time, every one of your atoms will be vibrating of joy, you will lose the sense of the time passing, the more you do it, the more you will feel energized instead of tired and you´ll always have the desire of going back and do it again.
My task to connect with the Universe is the art of Photography, it is a daily task that connects me honestly with my surroundings, with the planet, with my interior, with the present but at the same time, in the same millisecond I press the shooter it’s also connecting me with the past that I just frozen with my camera for ever. The act of photographing and photography itself are linked to connect me with the universe.
During the last year, I had the desire to do a series of pictures to show the relation I´m trying to construct with our planet and to the infinite ocean of galaxies that are out there. Last December, I went to a region in the central Colombian Andes range, which have been related to my family for the last 5 generations; we have been working and living close to those mountains, I have felt and seen those landscapes since I have a memory. When I am there, I always go to a mountain near the house, lay down in the ground, close my eyes and just relax, be in the present, breath and feel with all my senses the connection with our planet.
Last time while sitting there, I had the idea to do a series of photos in that place by night, so I could show the landscape in connection with the stars of the universe, all connected in one frame through my eyes; the 3 of us connected in one single image to accomplish my task as the ant does to be literally connected to the Universe in one picture.