Life after Life, {Effingham, Illinois, Photographer}

Just recently, I finished an amazing book called Life after Life by Raymond Moody. A book about death, but a really cool book about death! I'm not sure I've ever used the words cool and death together, but there's a first time for everything I guess. It could very well change your mindset no matter what your beliefs.  Strangely enough, only a day later, F-Stop Magazine featured an artist by the name of Daniel Kovalovszky from Hungary. His new portrait series titled Insiders, highlights ten people that have all had near death experiences.  It's fascinating and the images are heavenly. The experiences these people had, mirrored everyones experiences in the book I had just read. Mind. Blown. Go to Daniel's Webpage.  They're really gorgeous photos and the words are amazing.

Photos by Daniel Kovalovszky

Photos by Daniel Kovalovszky

I let Daniel know how much I loved this series and he was kind enough to send me a link to an interview with one of the people he photographed by the name of Laszlo Dobronay. It's 18 minutes long but feels more like 1 minute. I watched it....mesmerized. Watch it.

I'm not particularly a religious person even though I was raised Catholic and went to private Catholic school.  I guess it just never took, but that's not to say I'm not a spiritual or good person.  I believe I'm both of those things. I've always said nature is my religion, and even after watching this, I still feel that way.  Maybe even more so.

And why am I telling you all this? Well, the photography is phenomenal, and I just thought you should hear about this subject. Another good book, other than Life after Life is the The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying I read it about 20 years ago....I should read it again.

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.