‘What a lovely surprise to wake up to! It’s been like an early Christmas morning, I love the Human Story and the photos, they are all just so me!
Reading the story also acts as an invitation to embody this more and more. What’s funny is that the idea of offering more of the Colour Walks has been emerging for some time now, I’ve done these for a number of years but not really pushed them too much. Now it’s in print and reading it gives me more focus and clarity to bring them out.
In my work I help people feel comfortable with themselves. I write and talk about it as feeling at home with yourself. The photographs that we’ve chosen really convey me at home. Absolutely, the essence and magic of them capture this idea of ‘at homeness’.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.’
There is a magical spontaneity that comes with creating every Hero Shot & Story piece.
Mark Wentworth’s result is certainly no exception. It was created in London. Simply no other place would do for him, than at Kensington Rooftop Gardens. I was passing through London for a few days and we lined it up to meet.
Mark picked the location for his focus on all thing natural – and this is tricky to find in London! But just like the colours draw his clients, this location drew Mark in. When we arrived he was taken by the Moorish influence in the architecture, which was a very personal component of importance for him.
Read his story below.
“It’s a beautiful day and here we are surrounded by so much natural beauty and natural colour.
That’s why I chose this place because it’s in the middle of the city of London and yet it’s an oasis. We are with nature. That’s my thing, being natural. I know it is manufactured nature. We could have gone to a park. There are beautiful parks here but I remembered this place being full of colour and nature.
I totally forgot this garden had the Moorish influence. It was only checking online that I saw it was from that style. It was built on the feel of Seville. Absolutely it’s my favourite kind of architecture. I feel at home here. I’d quite like to live here actually!
Seville is a city that I can fall in love with and fall in love in. I don’t have to walk too far down the narrow streets before I will hear flamenco or the guitar. It’s just beautiful on all levels. A Roman emperor named it the City of Gold.
There’s a tower called the Tower of Gold made of golden yellow stone. It’s right by the river and when the light hits the river from the tower the light gives off this golden glow. When I’m there I just feel full of light. It’s expansive and I get that real kind of heart connection. Yeah, I just love that city.
My colour is Gold. The reason I know that is because it comes from my date of birth. Knowing that gives me the ground upon which I stand. It’s a profound statement. I know where I belong, in the Goldness. I belong to the ‘Gold Club’.
And I think it’s the Goldness that could be the reason why I feel a connection with Seville. Actually, it’s much more than that. Being in that city really stirs something very deep. It’s probably even from a past life connection. If I explored it I would probably find it was a very good life. That’s my sense, I don’t know, but that’s my feeling.
That feeling comes from a place of knowing deep inside myself which is beyond the spoken word. The feeling is one of emotional abundance, richness, contentedness, happiness, love – not just romantic love, but love of life. There are no boundaries to it, it’s limitless.
Knowing my colour guides me, helps me understand aspects of myself and why I do the things I do. As an example, I’m always passing on knowledge and information. I thought that was what everyone does, but for me it’s a passion. If I’m giving a workshop, I end up teaching people about how things are, why they work, the intricacies. Sometimes I put in too much information. But I can’t not do that, because I want you to know why we are doing what we are doing, rather than blindly doing it just because I told you to do it. That’s a Golden characteristic.
I also want to make it meaningful and personable to the person I’m talking to, to make it real and relate. That’s one of the things about being Gold as well, is understanding relationship. Let’s say we are talking about the colour of money – the primary thing I’m doing is helping them understand their relationship with money – because relationship is another characteristic of Gold.
I always talk about my relationship with colour. Me and colour have been in relationship for 30 years. My most long standing, consistent relationship has been with a rainbow!
Colour is the language I use help people know themselves better and to come from a place of self-acceptance: ‘this is who I am and it’s OK’.
My relationship with colour is natural, not synthetic. I’m not using an external source like gadgets or machinery. It’s an internal-external thing. It’s about bringing what’s inside, outside.
In keeping everything real and natural, sometimes I take people on a guided colour walk. They’ll come with a question and we let the colour guide the session. I’ll say ‘choose a place to start, it could be exactly where we are standing. When you look around what’s the colour that’s really calling to you? Let’s focus on that. What does that colour say to you in relation to your question?’
What I find is that the colour is guiding the person, and the person will come to an understanding of what it is they want to explore or find an answer for. The essence of my work is helping people to feel more natural with themselves.
It comes around to trusting the wisdom of Mother Nature. Trust the colour, because she’s always talking to us.”
Mark Wentworth helps people feel more natural with themselves through colour www.colourforlife.com
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