Daydreams: The Rainforest Dweller
We visited the rainforest home of author & photographer Josh Hedge to have a chat about his philosophy and learn more about his approach to living a natural and authentic life.
You have recently branched out from photography and into many forms of creative expression - including becoming an author, and experimenting with sound and painting. Was this a natural progression, and do you have a preferred method of creativity?
Definitely a natural thing; I didn’t pressure any of it. I guess my overall preferred method is just doing what feels best at the time. Somedays I’ll feel like writing, and that may continue for a week. Other times I’ll prefer to play instruments. Then somedays I enjoy doing it all. So it’s a definite ‘go with the flow’ method which I think suits me as a person, as well as my way of creating / expressing!
In your second book ‘Flowers for Growth’, the first chapter is titled ‘Intention & I’. What were your aims and intentions when you began writing?
I wanted to provide a deeper insight into me. With my photo work and majority of my other writing in general it’s very much the ‘final product’ that people get to see and experience - but like all things there is so much more to it than just the end result. So I wanted to share the ‘me’ behind all of the things I do, which I think is important and helps people connect with my work much more.
Your writing expresses a concern for modern day humanity and our detachment from nature. What advice would you give someone needing to reconnect with our kind and nurturing home, Mother Earth?
Just realising how perfect and intertwined the world truly is. But for some reason it’s like all of us are walking around with blindfolds on. If you’re feeling a little detached or like something is missing - a simple walk, even in just a park helps. Find somewhere surrounded by the abundance of the natural world - forests, oceans, waterfalls - and you will instantly feel clear minded and rejuvenated, that’s what Mothers do, they recharge us ☺
You have recently relocated your home a little more inland from the sea. Do your surroundings help you focus and produce creative work? And do you feel a change of energy out here in the rainforest?
It’s a change I’ve always wanted to do, as I’ve always lived by the sea, and I am absolutely in love with it. There’s definitely a sense of something special where I am and its getting the creativity flowing at a much more rapid rate. The peacefulness is almost indescribable, I don’t hear any cars, only endless amounts of birds and wildlife. I’ve just been sitting around a fire most afternoons, super beautiful!
You have an interesting idea on the misconception of being productive and the beauty of simplicity. Can you explain this for us?
I feel like sometimes we think because we’re rushing around doing a million things, that it can give us a sense of being ‘productive’. Which is fine, but maybe sometimes its best just to sit back and ‘be’. I guess in a way it’s that old saying of ‘quality over quantity’, so maybe embracing a lifestyle where we produce more quality experiences that are worth reflecting on, rather than rushing around chaotically.
My favourite section of your book speaks about change. “If there can be so much hate in the world, there can be just as much love. If there can be so much separation, there can be just as much harmony”. Do you see a change coming in the world?
Absolutely, I think we all feel it one way or another. Sure, there is still so much greed, violence and hate in the world, but something is happening that’s slowly turning that wheel back to love, it’s a pretty exciting time to be alive!
And lastly, do you have a philosophy?
As long as you do no harm to anyone then whatever it is you love doing is all that matters. One of my favourite quotes is:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is; Infinite”
Learn more about Josh and order his books, Seeds for Truth and Flowers for Growth here
Interview and photography by Billie Edwards