Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday's Other Creative Soul: Robert Bridges

Today's feature highlights Colorado-based artist Robert Bridges, whose musings about the creative process are almost as interesting as the pictures he takes.

I introduce myself as Robert Bridges and wife and I  live and work in Durango, Colo.

Ph.D. in Psychology of Religion

Describe your work in one sentence.
I practice and teach photography as a sacred art.

Describe your normal day.  Arise, pee, greet wife, pet dog, meditate, drive to the office and my cubicle through breath-taking day-to-day scenery while playing my shaker to Van Morrison.  Explore the depths of some mortgage loan files for fraud and other nefarious things.  Drive home up to the coolness of fresh mountain air, home to smiling wife and tail wagging dog.  Walk dog.  Be present for and with the wife.   Read a story out loud to each other before turning out the lights.   My “ideal day” would be the same only I would drive to a garden instead of a cubicle.

What are your passions?  
Color!  The perceptions of and playfulness of color, which of course is light and it is energy and life!  I am much more passionate about life as an old coot than I ever was as a young buck.

What are your goals?  
I want to be able to say, at the end of my life, that I loved enough. In the meantime, I’d like to sell steadily and enough to spend less time in the box.

Who are your creative influences?  
The Rolling Stones, Paul, John, & George, Alan Watts, LSD,  Viet Nam war, TM, William James,  Carl Jung, Bernard Spilka, Minor White, Edward Weston,  Freeman Patterson and all those many souls doing beautiful, inspired work.

What motivates you on a daily basis? 
My age.  Realizing that life is an incredible adventure in which we never know what is going to arise next, and that being embodied here/now is a wondrous gift.  That and the understanding that none of us  can ever really know the moment in life when the truck won’t start no more.

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