100 wednesdays – september 4, 2013

September 04, 2013


{me in floaties circa 1970?}


{my dates for the evening}


{zen under fire}

People and stories can be a huge source of inspiration.

This week I added my first photo to Throw Back Thursday {#tbt} on instagram. I don’t normally participate in trends but I thought, why not lets give it a go. The photo of me is from around 1970. What I loved about sharing it was the stories that came from my aunt once she saw it. I believe she took the photo and I was with my cousin. We were swimming at the local pool and we were in the baby pool. My cousin chose to go in 6 inches of water with a snorkel, fins and the floaties because, you know…why not? One thing I always tell my students about photography is to record the who, what, where and when as you never know who will be looking for the information 30 years or more later.

Photos of your family or snapshots of a moment in time are also priceless. I was out to dinner with my son and daughter when I took this photo and in the course of the conversation I found myself really interested in who these two individuals were becoming and what incredibly cool people they are. I had to capture that moment because it is something I want to remember always. We had several out takes before this one, but all of them tell a story about a moment in time.

Finally, reading a really good, important book can also be a huge source of inspiration in your creative journeys. I recently finished Zen Under Fire by my friend Marianne Elliott. This is an extraordinarily powerful book and a deep look into how Marianne gained inner peace while working as a United Nations Humanitarian Officer in Afghanistan. It reminded me that we are all looking for that inner peace and ways to embrace our lives in all the hustle and bustle. It also reminded me that I am not perfect and I every now and again, I need to slow down and let inspiration be my guide.




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