Of course, you do! My new, vastly improved website.
I needed a change. The heart-breaking, destabilizing political and economic realities of the moment have robbed words (and that exquisite repository of words, poetry) of their previously soothing and seductive power. Why, my friend asked yesterday. I’m not sure, but it’s something like the entitled should hold their piece for the time being. They should read, march, pray, contribute—whatever they can do in the public arena. But their personal angsts and oh-so-precious insights—well, save them for another day.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does the mind and computer-twitchy fingers. Enter a renewed interest in photography. I have always taken too many photographs. You’ll miss the experience, I’ve been told, but I actually see a scene better through a camera. It galvanizes my focus, and the photos themselves allow me to return to at least some version of the moment over and over again.
So, for the time being, I’m in the a picture is worth a thousand words camp.
So far, so good. Photography allows me to bear witness to more nuance and profundity than words can. At least, for the moment. The banner photo on the website is a macro shot with my new Olympus camera, out an airplane window. Despite the facetious title at my Redbubble shop, “Bubble Off Center,” I really think, wow, a Willy Blake moment, If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. Or maybe, to see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.
That’s the profundity bit. Now, here’s a nuance story. My photo "'Pray for Our Troops' Reminder on a California Roadway” was just a Top Ten Challenge Finalist in the United States Monthly Theme contest. Whatever my views on war, I am grateful for the opportunity to express loyalty, respect and gratitude to the men and women who serve our country in this capacity.
My previous website template didn’t have a sidebar option or any easy way to direct visitors to the photography work. I reached out to Julienne Des Jardins, a Square Space Circle member, and she patiently ferreted out my wish list, found the appropriate template, transferred earlier material, and set up new links. Thank you, Julienne, thank you!!