Thank you for wandering through my site. I hope you are enjoying the galleries!
The creation and maintenance of this site is a complete joy; a love letter to photography and the simple details and beauty of life that are shown to me through my camera. This is a love affair that will exist forever.
I've been taking photographs for decades. In the past decade or so I've wanted to put my photos out into the world for people to enjoy (or not, it's all pretty subjective really). The obstacle was that while I've always loved the creation part of the artistic process, the rest of the process i.e. marketing, selling, etc. left much to be desired. I am not a businesswoman by nature and it doesn't come to me easily, so for a long time I took the passive road and just continued taking lots of photos since that was the fun part, ignoring the rest of the process.
My thoughts about my passivity began to change several years ago when a chronic illness that had for the most part just been an annoying pain-in-the-ass turned into a life-or-death situation. Over the course of one exceedingly harsh year, I found myself thinking more seriously about life, and what it meant to me. In the midst of medical emergency after medical emergency, I felt very OK with the thought of dying. The pain was so strong that I remember feeling quite often that I didn't want to deal with it anymore, and that was OK.
But there were two things that gave pause to that thought. The first was my worry for my pets: would they be OK? Anyone who knows me at all could have guessed that one. The second was my laptops. Well, actually it wasn't my laptops per se, it was what was on them. Thousands and thousands of photos, with some really special ones (to me) interspersed within all those collections taking up space. I felt profound sadness thinking that the laptops would be recycled without anyone knowing what I have spent such a large part of my life working on. People would never be able to get a full picture of who I am, nor know how much joy and contentment I found wandering with my dog and my camera. It felt like a really important part of my story would be lost.
When I had that revelation, I took two steps. First, I told my friend (and collaborator) Conor Detwiler where all the photos were and made him promise to get them out into the world, at least on a website, if I died. He conceded to my somewhat hysterical demand. Then I made a pact with him to work as hard as I could to get the website up and running and to actively further my life as a photographer, so he wouldn't have to. I loved this arrangement because the preferred outcome was win-win for both of us. In the end, Conor and I have both put a ton of love and effort into this website. He is my curator. Thank goodness for Skype and the patience of Conor's wonderful husband and my friend, Silvio, or I'd still be sitting on the floor repeating "I'm stuck" over and over again.
I want to thank my family and friends for your love, kindness, and support: Rose, Mary Jane and Peter, Sam, Nadine, Helena, Mary Ellen, Mum and Dad, Silvio, Aunt Margaret and Helen, and my Temple Shalom family. I feel very lucky. Thank you.