Her hands in steaming hot water and surrounded by dirty pots, one can only wonder what this Amish woman is thinking about as she gazes out the window. Is there contentment in her heart or longing…or a bit of both?
As a photographer, I have spent years trying to master the technical and will happily continue for many more if I am lucky… it is a constant! When I am able to get that tack sharp image I am thrilled. In fact, that type of image was one of the aspects which first drew me to photography many years ago. So often I would look at an image and discard it if it wasn’t in focus. Creativity though is thinking out of the box, trying different things, playing and having fun, going down that overgrown path. So I decided to do just that…to create an image that is more about the mood and the feeling…the universality of feelings in a very simple image. Abandonment!
My first image is an attempt to capture the moments we are able to just stop, enjoy and just get caught up in curiosity and exploration…here’s to summer and childhood!
On this rainy day in Philadelphia, I was going through my photographs and was drawn to the artists… those I met who brought color, soul and beauty into the world. Some were carrying on generational traditions. Some were doing it for survival while others just felt the need to share a gift and vision.The Italian street artists, the young girls who coax the very fine silk threads from cacoons in Cambodia and the Indian men who hand print designs on material…these are the transforming magicians who give the traveler another connection with place, spirit and people to cherish and remember.