I followed a tweet by Tourism Pemberton to discover the blog, Valley of Light, a daily photo journal of our backyard from photographer Polek Rybczynksi. A daily practice, I think, is a cornerstone for wellness, and I’m always fascinated by the myriad ways people might bring it into being.
I asked Polek to share one of his favourite images (and happily he couldn’t decide, so shared two), and to take our Work in Progress popquiz and share where he finds his inspiration and what he’s working on.
Who are You?
Greetings! My name is Polek Rybczynski, 31 years of age and currently live in the Pemberton Meadows with my beautiful wife Rya (with baby bean in belly) and our handsome dog Sweatpants, at the magical property of the Kula Wellness Centre owned by long time locals Percy and Corrine.
What was the inspiration for this Valley of Light project?
The Valley of Light project came about through an alignment of a few things. Over the last year or so I had been drawn to hone my skill of focus and to be able to develop my ability to sustain this focus for extended periods of time. Meditation gives me wonderful inner exploratives of this, but i was also seeking an external explorative.
I came across a photographer, Mark Hirsch, who took one photo per day for a year of one tree as part of his healing after an accident.
I was greatly inspired by this. I enjoy taking photos so I thought that this would be a perfect platform to externally practice focus over a sustained period of time. So, one photo per day of that day for a year it is!
I chose Pemberton and its surrounding valleys because they are sacred to me; there is something special about how the sun travels through the Pemberton valley, and why we have been drawn to live here at this particular point of time.
How can people experience it?
You can experience the Valley of Light in two ways. I strongly suggest the first which is if you live here, step outside at sunrise or sunset and look around; if you do not live here, plan a trip to the valley. Have a sunrise smoothie and a sunset tea, and things will explain themselves.
How do you hold space for, or make time for, your creative self? What’s your practice or creative routine?
I study the Tan-Tri-Ahura Teaching as translated by E’Asha Ashayana and one of the strongest points that shines for me in these teachings is – my relationship with god-source comes first. When I practice this everything flows; my creative self is infinite. It is the connection to the infinite consciousness field that is key for me. It’s all out there, anything we choose to find out or understand. I find that creativity is always present, it manifests in many different ways.
How big an influence is this region, our backyard, the landscape and energy here, on your work?
This region is a big influence on this project and practice. But once again, connecting with the infinite intelligence of this area allows me to see and experience it in a expansive expression. Mt Currie is powerful, but there are so many nooks and crannies that hold immense beauty and wisdom. I hiked up into the Miller Creek area last summer and found myself at one of the most stunning series of waterfalls I have ever seen. Really raw and humbling which left me in tears of life.
What do you do to recharge your creative energy if you’re feeling writers/artists block?
I sit down, close my eyes and observe. This then tends to inspire/nudge me to go into the forest, an ocean or up onto a mountain peak. I get nudges to read certain books or texts too.
Where can people follow you, or discover more of your works?
You can check out the Valley of Light on http://valleyoflight.wordpress.com and you can also check out my music too on the blog. I released a acoustic solo album, Secret Life of a Phim, in the summer that is basically a musical expression of the Valley of Light blog; meditative, intuitive and personal.
If you are an artist, or are curious about what goes on inside someone else’s head or studio, point us in their direction as subject for a future Work in Progress profile.