As the year winds down…

I’m taking time to play.

DSC_4261-2If you’re not trying to be real, you don’t have to get it right. That’s art.

Andy Warhol

I couldn’t have planned this year if I tried and looking back on it, I think that may be what got me through it.

Sometimes it’s just better to let things unfold and make choices on the opportunities that present themselves.

Life and art are a lot alike that way.

Sometimes it’s worthwhile to listen to your gut and just go for it. The path that you should be on is often the easier one to navigate.

Those mornings…

that feed the soul.DSC_4287The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius

Some mornings just arrive with a bang.

Those mornings are a force to be reckoned with and they refuse to creep quietly into your slumbering thoughts.

Those mornings are the ones where dressing for the weather doesn’t matter. When the sweetest gesture might be someone bringing you the jacket that you didn’t grab as you ran outside into the frosty air to capture the moment.

Or maybe it’s just the sweetness of seeing a new day come to life and knowing that the moment was not spent in solitude but was shared by others lucky enough to awaken before dawn and to capture it.

As a photographer who prefers black and white, I still recognize that there are moments that just scream out for a color image. On this morning, as the rising sun splashed color across the sky I was grateful for the opportunity to soak it in.

 

To my friends and family…

Happy Thanksgiving!

DSC_4139Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.

Louie Schwartzberg

As I celebrate Thanksgiving in America today I am incredibly grateful and thankful for my friends, family, and clients.

There has not been a void left unfilled and that’s not something that I will ever forget.

To those celebrating, have a wonderful holiday.

Sun in the sky…

you know how I feel.

DSC_3902-2It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse

That’s the thing about life.

No matter what the day or the week has brought, if you’re waking up to a new dawn, you’re one of the lucky ones.

A friend of mine said that it’s about reframing how you react to the things that happen to you.

As a photographer, it’s the perfect metaphor. The same image can be framed so many different ways and my inner voice always says “there” when I’ve got it just right.

Click…

Finally…

it’s winter again!

DSC_3681There are very few really stark black and white stories.

Jim Lehrer

As the first storm of the season blankets what remains of fall I can feel inspiration seeping from every pore.

I’m a child of winter.

All of my major life events have occurred in the winter months.

The snow swirls and floats outside my window and I’m reminded of those snow globes that contain tiny little worlds encased in permanent blizzards.

I can’t wait to begin another winter series…

 

A thank you…

to my friends and family.DSC_2923I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.

Emily Bronte

For me texture and light are like candy for the eye and I can have a lot of fun playing with double exposures and in camera image overlays to create images that blend those elements.

Sometimes it can be as little as a softening effect and other times it can dramatically change the landscape.

Life’s a lot like that.

There are times so intense that a filter is urgently needed in order to let those moments flow through.

To my friends and family, some of whom have been always present and some of whom are new,  I can’t thank you enough for the love and support.

You know who you are…

 

On challenges…

and compassion.

DSC_2910-Edit-2What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps it’s the change in our weather that’s making me feel more than a little philosophical but today my thoughts are centered around the idea that we learn so much more from the things that don’t go right than we ever do from the things that do.

I think it’s the challenges that create the most growth. How we view them, how we react to them, what we take away from them.

I also think that facing challenges builds more compassion for others as well.

And we could all use a little more of that couldn’t we?