Recently, I stepped away from not only social media, but also my camera. The camera decision was a hard one. I needed to take my own advice and find a quiet space to breathe.
Sounding like an old lady (hey, wait I am one), I no longer recognize the world I inhabit. A grew up in a world where values, ethics and morals were paramount. Today’s environment seems to be a free-for-all.
I asked myself, as a photographer, how can I navigate these troubling times and remain sane. It seems now more than ever we all need a quiet, space to breathe. A place where there is no noise or narrative. A place where you may rest for a few minutes, soften and be grateful you are alive!
Just remember, you have been created by the universe. Against all odds, random atoms, molecules and various elements, all converged to create you, a human being*. An autonomous, mobile being that can see, hear, smell and communicate for a finite amount of time, then POOF — you are gone. How extraordinary!
How you choose to spend your limited time is entirely up to you, but I know how I will be spending my time. I will continue to walk in nature, cherish my family, value my close relationships, be respectful to all and hold my standards high. Most of all, knowing my place — a mere grain of sand on the expansive beach, we call life.
So, once again, you will find me in nature making images. Not trivial pretty images, but images of beauty, gratitude and reverence for life and the all important secret sauce, space. Oh, how déclassé, and uncontroversial you say, however, like it or not, the healing powers of nature is the medicine we all desperately need right now.
I will not be posting images with the same frequency as in the past. My new mantra: fervor over abundance.
Live in color,
*I apologize to the medical community for grossly over-simplifying our existence, but you get the point.
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