My New Mood

What is a mood? How important is it for the quality of your life? The sum total of your predominant thoughts and feelings comprises your overall mood, and based on it you draw to yourself things/experiences of a similar/same nature/vibrational frequency. So, your mood turns out to be the determining factor of what portion of reality you experience. Simple, and it can be sweet. Annie, founder of My New Mood, was drawn by my images on Unsplash and got in touch with me to create some photos for her website featuring her wonderful natural products. We connected right away and working together was effortless fun. Below is her story and some images from the updated website – feels so good to be part her her passion project!

SoulSongs

Every soul comes with songs to sing and they can take many shapes and forms. Particles of oneness, never separate only appearing so, we are here to experience ourselves and express our unique self in ever new and original ways. Sometimes we blend and merge to create something greater together, and this is how SoulSongs were born. An alchemy between my photography and my soul sister Ioana Gheorghiu’s poetry/typography, these free-flowing soul gifts are now available as prints. Looking forward to sharing more of this effortless, exciting and enchanting collaboration with you ❤️

NOBODYTOLDME

I find that the more I experience life, the more I uncover so many things that nobody told me. Maybe they did not know, maybe they did not ask questions, maybe they were satisfied with the half-answers they got, maybe they were not curious enough to find out for themselves, or they did but what they found differed from the mainstream accepted beliefs so they kept silent about it… We learn through stories and it’s beautiful when we are brave enough to share our experience in this world openly and freely, without judgement or fear of what-will-others-think. A topic that not so many people talk about is menopause, and my friend Susanne and her team at NOBODYTOLDME are advocating for women to manage menopause ourselves. Know thyself, what I advocate a lot too – encouraging open and honest conversations and sharing what we have learned through experience. Susanne found my images on Unsplash and used a lot of them for the website/blog, which I am truly honored. It also brought to our attention that women over 50 do not get a lot of representation in the media, so maybe there is a future photo project in the works. Somehow I found myself on the NOBODYTOLDME team, which is a new adventure in itself.

I am so much in flow that traditional descriptions won’t do… 😉

Fly Away

The featured photo is a beautiful art creation with one of my images on Unsplash by Seamless… maybe it’s time to fly away… always exploring new horizons…

Some women birth babies
Some - worlds.
Others - both.
Whatever floats your boat.

- Ava Sol

The Pleasure Life

When I opened my e-mail this morning I was greeted by my own photo center stage in my friend Lore’s newsletter. We “met” through Unsplash, she used many of my images for her website and her purpose couldn’t be more aligned with the idea behind my photos/why I share them. How do you feel pleasure? Could it be that it’s always around/within us? The sun on your skin, the air we breathe, the tears we cry, your own touch, looking at the stars/trees… endless pleasure possibilities. Take a listen to this wonderful podcast and connect with Lore and all of her amazing offerings 🙂

What We Live For: Poetry, Beauty and Love

Sir Shakeshaft and I are continuing our playful collaboration, he has officially pronounced me his muse of poetic inspiration and this morning we exchanged the following conversation:

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Sir Shakeshaft: But how does it feel to be appreciated so much, and the inspiration for my words?

Ava: It feels great, it feels like fun, it feels like playful and creative, it feels like me, it feels exciting, it feels like we are meeting in spaces of poetry and language and sensuality and passion where all other artists living and dead still dwell and where all is alive and vibrating with vigor, oozing with succulence, madly in love with life. It feels like what I came into this physical existence to do – express myself and co-create with others on the same wavelength.

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Being a muse is something quite new, yet it feels like what I was born to do. Creating art that inspires, like a spark quickening wildfires.

Enjoy these couple of beautiful verses Sir Shakeshaft sent me these past two days along with images I created especially for them this morning – you don’t have to be in the same physical space with another to co-create, it’s a vibrational alignment.

Lágrimas de Saudade

Crying into the quiet, a lovely sound
As Dreams in mind will ever rapture
And blithe tears will hit the ground
Both vague & constant desires capture

We may not have the stars forever
Love hurts as much, as it ever inspires
The Moon & Earth must dance together 
As we step into these passionate fires

If I should wander and find your feet
Might I hold your heart as any hand
For seas are sailed to make complete
And skies are flown to another’s land

Longing maketh any journey sweeter
As those thoughts of warmth increase
Liketh cold toes by the Ardor of the heater
We’re naked wrapped in a downy fleece

And as your cheek upon my chest
Your fingers search in hope to find
I can feel how delicate be your breast
And kiss your head to make love to 
your mind. 

Agora temos nosso próprio Saudade
Esses desejos ardentes desejam
Se eu pudesse te dar cada sombra
Você saberia que pertencemos a nós

{We now have our own Saudade 
Those ardent desires longing
If I could gift you every shade
You would know of us belonging}

Sir. Shakeshaft 🥀

Love’s Front Door

Creative spirits find ways to collaborate and the Internet and photo sharing sites like Unsplash have made it easier than ever before. I was excited to learn that the talented Tanya DeVonne has included some of my images to go along with her poems in her new book “Sipping Wine Over Rhymes: Love Lessons”. Enjoy her words below and purchase the collection on Amazon if you’d like to dive deeper in her creative world.

il Sole mi scalda il cuore

Every once in a while you meet another Romantic in the space of creative inspiration. Honored to be Sir Shakeshaft’s muse and to be able to evoke a genuine depth of feeling within him that comes out in the form of beautiful verses. He found my images on Unsplash and kindly messaged me yesterday to share his luscious poetry “for people who sleep with flowers to scent their dreams.” If more of us dreamt of beauty, sensuality, love, romance and the sublime, what a wonderful world it would be… or it already is? I love that the first poem is inspired by my last post – on savoring all of life one moment at a time, no rushing, only when it’s necessary… Enjoy this love-making collaboration in the form of images and words that know no bounds and excite imaginations…

il Sole mi scalda il cuore

I savoured her smile, as she trembled;
From my touch, as I find!
I savoured her smell, as she melted;
From my lips, as I kiss!
I savoured her sound, as she moaned;
From my actions, as I decline!
I savoured her taste, as she quivered
From my tongue, as I dismiss...
...all of time, as we cannot rush!
I savour how her love has us both blissed:
Each inch I savoured, each inch I kissed!

I savour our propinquity, as we possess:
Each other’s skin, each other’s breath!
I savour like the sun... your warmth,
And bathe, as our senses dance & rave!
I savour our whispers, the love you speak:
Each other’s lips, nothing is left?
I savour our rhythm, as it rolls like waves,
Love never blind, though craves...
...infinite moments with no end!
I savour her peace as she sleeps,
Kiss her eyes - joyful tears she weeps!

Shakeshaft 🥀

Stone & Water

Sameer just messaged me on Instagram asking if he could use one of my images on Unsplash for his poetry. Naturally, I said yes and he was gracious enough to translate in English his beautiful Hindi poem for us to enjoy! I am sure there are parts that get lots in translation, but we can use our imagination…

 Women are stone, perhaps 
 And men seem to be water.
 They roll on the body of women 
 Exactly like water over stone; 
 Men too can't go inside and feel women's heart, 
 They describe women as
 Hot or cool 
 Soft and hard
 By touching their body as per their own needs.

by Sameer

Mtn Days

Cassidy Brooke is an aspiring artist who just released her first song and used one of my images on Unsplash for the cover – yay! I love her joyful song and I am pretty honored 🙂 You can find “Mtn Days” on all platforms and support Cassidy’s music!