Cloud Gazing.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Since the beginning of the month, I've lost count of the number of times I've exclaimed breathlessly to a friend, "Can you believe the year's half over?" It seems like just yesterday that we were ringing in the New Year. How is it that so much time has passed so quickly? Have I just been so busy that I've failed to notice?

Artist Rob Sweere's "Silent Sky Project#"is an inspired reminder to slow down and savor the simpler things - participants are challenged to indulge in a half hour of peaceful, uninterrupted sky-watching. Sounds like a great way to break up the day, doesn't it? Below are just a few of Sweere's photos of cloud gazers around the world: The Netherlands, India, England, Greenland, Brazil, and Australia. 


See more at Rob Sweere's website, here. (Thanks, My Modern Met.)

15 comments:

Lisa said...

Shoko, I couldn't agree more. The days seem to go so fast (I especially find that to be true of the weekends). In modern day life, we have so many distractions and time suckers, and I like the idea of making the extra effort to slow down. These photos are beautiful and they make me want to sky gaze all day!

Liz Moody said...

i felt calmer even looking at this. i wonder if they confiscated cell phones so you didn't feel the omnipresent call to connect/rush/get sucked in in your pocket.

April said...

These make me want to go lay in the grass and stare up at the sky!

Panda Head said...

fantastic photos! and you're so right - cloud gazing seems like one of those absolutely necessary activities, the kind that takes top priority as a kid but somehow never seems to make my adult to-do list...

Michelle S said...

pretty unbelievable. and it just keeps going faster and faster every year. love these photos.
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Stefania said...

This sounds like a GREAT project! I don't remember the last time I laid in the grass and just relaxed. Before kids, to be sure. (My kids don't seem to think much of "relaxing." My daughter refuses to sit still anywhere. Which is normal I guess for a 2yr old, but it would be nice to just SIT for a change.)

ever ours said...

this is all kinds of amazing...makes me wanna go do it right now...except LA doesn't really have clouds...or it does, but it's just covered with smog.

Rachel @ Existation said...

Cloud gazing is my favorite! I used to do it all the time as a kid/teenager, but for some reason I haven't done it much as an adult. I'll have to get on that. Something tells me a partially-cloudy-epic-beach-sunset cloud-gazing session would be exactly what I need to relax. =]

Ladies Holiday said...

oh dear, don't you know it- this year, for some reason, has seemed to be flying right by. i've been looking at clouds lately, especially when my kids and i play 5 beautiful things on long car rides...we each point out what we see that is beautiful. good stuff. don't want to miss a moment.
cheers and may time be what you want it to be.
~deirdre

Shoko said...

Liz, good question! That would be key for me!

Lydia, so funny - my mom said the exact same thing on the phone tonight!

Deirdre, that is so lovely! And I love the idea of Five Beautiful Things - sounds SO much better than "A, My Name is Andy..." :)

Pink Ronnie said...

I'm totally guilty of making myself busy and never allowing myself the time to slow down. Though on Sunday, I did lie down on our patio and look at the clouds (mainly cause I was so exhausted). I'm glad I did. :)
Ronnie xo

Monica L. Shulman said...

I love these images and the concept behind them. I am with you...I can't believe the year is half way over, that my baby just turned two, that I'm 35, etc. etc. I no longer ask myself where time has gone and instead just try really hard to focus on the time I'm in. It's easier said than done but a pretty good exercise to always try to be in the moment.

Hannah Brandt said...

What a cool and inspiring photography project!

Eliza Jane said...

I don't know why, but the guy in the foreground of the third picture reminds me of Roger Stirling.....

http://elizaoverthemoon.blogspot.com

Kerri Lynne said...

This is amazing!!! I'm outside in my backyard right this very moment and the second I'm done writing this comment, I'm closing my laptop shut and spending the next 30 minutes trying it out myself :)

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