All too often we project our human emotions and behaviours onto animals. In many cases this is not only naïve, it can even be dangerous. However, when observing male and female gannets perform their 15-minute long greeting dance after having been separated, one can be forgiven to believe that these two love birds are truly glad to see each other. The female's eyes are half-closed in delight while the male is brushing against her neck - what a magical scene.  Photographed near Napier, New Zealand.

All too often we project our human emotions and behaviours onto animals. In many cases this is not only naïve, it can even be dangerous. However, when observing male and female gannets perform their 15-minute long greeting dance after having been separated, one can be forgiven to believe that these two love birds are truly glad to see each other. The female's eyes are half-closed in delight while the male is brushing against her neck - what a magical scene.  Photographed near Napier, New Zealand.

 

Before you judge a photograph...

...think about this: what if there was more to a picture, perhaps a deeper meaning, a less than obvious explanation to what you are seeing or a hidden surprise?  If you took time to explore a picture with that in mind, what would you learn about the filters you apply to everything you see, hear and experience in the world? We all have filters that are shaped by our upbringing, the culture we live in and the stuff we have learned from our own experience. Filters that can cause us to judge unfairly, dismiss important issues and highlight differences instead of commonalities.

Hi, my name is Rhyan Thomas.  Living in Canada permits me many things: to live day-to-day in relative comfort, to live in security, to gain a wider perspective on the world and to have an awareness of changes occurring on and to our planet - not least the changing of human consciousness. Travel helps with that. For several years now I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and see many things, meet many people and observe and document with my camera. Far from claiming to be a professional photographer or a photo journalist, as an amateur photographer I simply try to paint a picture of the world as I see it - with my eyes and with my heart. Some pictures will challenge your perceptions and make you think, some will make you cry, some could very well act as a prayer, while others make you laugh.

With this website I am inviting you to journey with me. Throughout my travels, I will be posting pictures and share stories of the things I see and learn. Let me know if and how they impact you - emotionally and intellectually. Tell me how they touch your heart. .

P.S.: Like most good things in life, this website will always be a work in progress.

~ RT