What am I doing climbing around between lobster traps and seaweed piles on the edges of Stonington Harbor on the coast of Maine?
This whole photography thing started out as a way to make pictures of my children, to capture their various physical forms in two dimensions as a record of where they (and I) had been as they quickly grew up. Then I began to notice the incredible physical forms on earth — mountains and canyons and waterfalls and vast deserts. Then it became simply a reason to get out alone and enjoy nature, to forget my self while wondering at all the variety of beauty and physical forms we live with.
But it is more than that. A puzzle, a game, a challenge to focus my mind and seeing. To see what can be beautiful in a rectangular frame. To look at it again later in my development studio and see the image shooting its light back at me.
It is also a way to bring joy to others. I know I don’t always hear from he hundreds of people who do enjoy my images. So many are so busy, and so bombarded by the day-to-day digital deluge of sights and sounds.
There is joy in feeding a hungry duck. Sometimes the duck is me — shooting and seeing the images shoot back again on a digital screen. Sometimes the duck is you, my sharing with you, you sharing with me.
As we get older, we need to stay connected to life, or the body will begin to decay and let go of it. I use photography to stay connected to life. And hopefully it helps me stay connected to you. During this season of Gratitude, I am blessed by your Light, my friend, and by the Joy of simply seeing and being a part of Life.
[See the entire Stonington Gallery here.]