The photos I take from my heart almost never have any evidence of “human” involvement.
I seek places that are wild and serene, usually at the waters edge or out in nature. I will revisit the place at different times of day, and weather conditions. Often enough to get a sense of place...to really get to know it. I will take about 50 photos each visit, varying the exposure, focus and vantage point.
The magic (or luck) comes when the mechanical settings of the camera and the environmental conditions come together.
Definition of LUCK: “When preparation meets opportunity.”
The year is 2020. Someone comments: “I never see you without a camera”… I pull out my iPhone. Inevitably, a conversation ensues about how the iPhone has replaced the traditional camera (and photographer in some cases). The same day as the comment, I had just read the “50th Class Reunion of William Penn High School” letter. It was written for my mother-in-law Helen’s class of 1937, in 1987, just as my photo career was gaining momentum. Film, large format, medium format, 35 mm, darkrooms.. that’s so last century! Digital capture with a device I can easily fit in my back pocket, is where we are today.
Change is necessary, it’s exciting, and it is inevitable. But how come it always seems life was better looking back? Maybe we should update this letter for my 50th reunion? Or maybe not. Though the milestones, culture and gadgets have changed, it’s the 70’s all over again. And no, I’m not getting rid of my traditional cameras, yet.
I first met the peony during my artist residency at Vermont Studio Center, a remote artist retreat in the hills of Vermont. Peony flowers were everywhere ~ like bougainvillea in the Florida Keys ~ throughout the quaint town of Johnson, where peony bushes graced every yard. I am reminded of that wonderful time of inspiration and renewal each time I visit my portfolio. As native Floridian, my knowledge of this flower comes later in life; however am overjoyed when persons whose love of this bloom take them back to their youth, and share their memories while in my studio.
Love… I think you can spell it P E O N Y.
This photographic website provides me the opportunity for self-expression, for sharing