Daniel Mercadante Film/Video work: @themercadantes http://danielmercadante.com/
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2 days ago comment 19 star 3,478

Limited edition prints!!! available now! 🌈 “rainbow road - muir beach”. 🌈link in bio!!

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6 days ago comment 13 star 2,028

From what i’ve gathered—in mayan culture, ix chel is a goddess of fertility, the moon, and water. in yucatec maya, her name means “rainbow woman.” she symbolizes fertility of the land, brings good rain, and the harvest.
ix chel is also thought to be a wrathful and malevolent deity, bringing floods and acting as a “mean old lady”. while i was exhaustedly running with my rainbow-rig to make this image, i fell down and screamed out in frustration behind the main temple, immediately followed by a bird or bat slapping me on the back of the head— i can’t help but think it was actually ix chel’s hand, reminding me that i was merely a microscopic visitor at this ancient and powerful place, and i need to keep my respect in check. i hope this image reflects some love and the yearning for cultural abundance, in a time of continued destruction and disrespect towards indigenous people and their wisdom.

ix chel is often illustrated carrying an overturned water/womb jar, pouring water onto the land. perhaps alongside the mayans’ astronomy and mathematics, orienting their temples to frame the sun and moon at solstice— they can see ix chel’s gifts in prismatically poured rivers of abundance— and maybe it looked a bit like this.

thank you to @atinaka for producing this one and inspiring me to create!
#maya #tulum #mayan #mayanruins #ixchel #rainbow #rainbowroad #hasselbladx1d #hasselblad #x1d #earthfocus #earthpix #tulum #mexico #wonderful_places

2 weeks ago comment 40 star 3,397

There’s a quote about overcoming obstacles and love conquering all somewhere in this image. something about how we may be surprised to find a broken branch washed up on the shore of an otherwise perfect paradise, but if we beat it, if we get through it, we win. but, i’m not sure that those obstacles are always meant to be overcome. maybe we are just supposed to dance with those beached trees, and weave ourselves through those crooked fingers, squeeze them tight, and love them for surprising us.
thank you to @atinaka for helping to make this one, @shive55 & @alexaeversole for inviting us to this beautiful place to celebrate their love! #forevershive #rainbowroad #love #hasselblad #x1d #hasselbladx1d #mediumformat #longexposure #lightpainting #trippy #aureta #lovewatts

2 weeks ago comment 60 star 6,681

At the bequest of summer’s verdant dye. #tbt

2 weeks ago comment 40 star 4,178

Which do you prefer? comment below... or just think about it for a moment and don’t comment. or perhaps don’t even bother thinking about it and enjoy both. why so binary?

3 weeks ago comment 132 star 4,255

“the thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. somebody who may not look like you. may not call god the same name you call god - if they call god at all. i may not dance your dances or speak your language. but be a blessing to somebody. that's what i think.”
-maya angelou

4 weeks ago comment 62 star 7,334

“all beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. if the greatnesses are in conjunction in a man or woman it is enough...the fact will prevail through the universe...but the gaggery and gilt of a million years will not prevail. who troubles himself about his ornaments or fluency is lost. this is what you shall so: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the s****d and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning god, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body...”
-whalt whitman #leavesofgrass

5 weeks ago comment 20 star 2,305

November feels like this to me, and it always has. it’s somewhere lost in the woods of change. but maybe its good to get lost so we can find ourselves and each other again. #whpseasonal

5 weeks ago comment 16 star 2,883

The leaves on the ground make the loveliest sound. #whpseasonal

last month comment 18 star 2,563