Subjects With Deeper Meaning - J. K. Ribout Photography

January 17th, 2018

I am a firm believer in finding deeper meaning in all things that surround us. Naturally, as I grow in my photography and develop my own unique creative vision, I find myself seeing things that appear frequently in my work. Whether it be a recurring theme, an emotion spoken through dozens of pieces - even interesting formations and shapes captured.

I’ve always been an observer, though still guilty of not always seeing what’s right in front of me, and there are frequent times that I find myself very focused on observing my surroundings. Growing up in Chapleau, Ontario, I was surrounded by nature, always watching the birds, listening to the trees and gazing at beautiful sunsets. I’ve always been very fascinated with the sky. I remember picking up a book in elementary school about the many types of clouds within the sky. I find it interesting how quickly the light changes, and how drastically that can effect what you’re looking at. Having looked up so often, I now associate memories with certain colours and cloud formation; making looking up at the sky that much more enjoyable.

In this blog post, I want to share with you some images that I captured when I first started photography. The quality isn’t very good, the colours may be dull, and there may be a hint of blur, but the subject has always resonated with me. So much so, that I kept the photograph and continue to look back at it from time to time.

I have always felt like my spirit animal has been a dove. I find myself liking it’s gentle nature, comforting aura and pure white feathers. I became fascinated with them around the age of 13 and by 16, I had a tattoo of a dove done on my wrist. One day, looking up at the clouds, I noticed this oddly familiar figure in the sky and captured it. I had always found meaning in this symbol. Years later, only a few months ago, I looked up to the same type of figure in the sky.

Another symbol that I have always connected with is the infinity sign. The continuous intertwining line of unbreakable stability and certainty. I found that sometimes, the clouds part in mysterious ways, and sometimes they speak a different message.

This next image is more of an interesting subject matter, and while I don’t necessarily think has too much of a symbolic meaning, it is quite cool. I’m going to let you look over the image before I tell you my thoughts on the photograph.

I see a dragon. Swirls of gold light in the sky forming a dragon like figure; which I think is awesome.

Now this last image I took many many years ago at my best friends camp in Chapleau. I love fire, I love campfires, I love the movement of the flames against the darkness of the night. I also love sitting there with my camera and seeing what I may capture through its movements. This next photograph was, if I’m not mistaken, was the first image I had captured that night. And to my surprise, I captured the image and looked down at my screen to find this.

A profile, a face, a sharp and defined profile of a face. This both freaked me out and captivated me. Now, I’m not saying that it’s a spirit, or an entity of another world. But I’m also not ruling it out or saying I'm not interested by its presence in the photograph.

Well, this has been another piece of my crazy artistic mind. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts and looking at some of the oldest images I’ve captured.

What do you see? Do you see a deeper meaning in the photographs I've just shown you? I'd love to hear your feedback! Feel free to leave a comment below!

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