Recently I was nominated to participate in the “Seven Days, Seven Black and White Photos…” I’m not sure who started this trend or why. I’m not sure if I got the directions correct except “no people, no explanations”.
Maybe some of the pix are good, maybe not - it doesn’t matter
because what I learned was worth any trouble fussing with the shadows
and the filtering process.
All I knew when I started was that I wanted to
select photos from places I love and have been to within the last year.
What came into focus (so to speak) was how much I love to hold a moment still. Each image caught between one breathe and another.
Moments when I spontaneously looked up at a cornice or through a window,
a random decision to turn a corner or peer through a fence.
In the short time in which I see something and take the photo is a brief meditation. I think about nothing but the shot. It’s very intimate.
I feel that these are little gifts given to me. A reminder from the universe that life is magical and beautiful if I just stay open to it.
When I walk away I always say a mental “thank you” because I was raised to be grateful for gifts, no matter how small.
And I never know if I’ll get another.
Western Addition, San Francisco
Reid's Palace Resort, Madeira Portugal
Alleyway, Chinatown San Francisco
The Marina, San Francisco
CPMC Library, San Francisco
Benefit Street, Providence
SOHO Side Yard, New York