Gratitude

November 20, 2017

BW photograph of a tree shadow against a background of sycamore leaves.

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NPR’s  1A had a segment about gratitude today.  This is in keeping with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as celebrated by many in the U.S. later this week.

Being a bit of a wordsmith, I appreciated the distinctions made between gratitude, happiness, and being blessed.  Also, understanding the progression from gratitude as a thought to gratitude as a feeling via mindfulness was extremely helpful.   While everyone may not enjoy the level of nuance in the discussion, the overall intent makes the program well worth a listen.  Dare I say that I am grateful to have heard it…

BW photograph of pine cones laying atop pine needles.

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Given that the host was interesting in that for which people are grateful, I am very grateful to have the ability to convey my view of the world via the images I make.  This is not a small thing.  Pat Perry, my mentor, took his time (an awful lot of time) and shared his knowledge with me in a way that both allowed me to grow into the craft and served as a model for the teaching of photography.  I would not be in the position I am without having had the opportunity to work with Pat.  In fact, I think quite often about what he would say about my work today were he still alive for us to have those conversations.

BW photograph of an overpass and intersection in Bath, ME.

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Photography, of course, also involves having the time to travel about and explore-to do what I call “wandering”.   That entails having a degree of health, for which I am extremely grateful.  On a bigger scale, wandering also includes being grateful to live in a country where one can move about with a camera and be (relatively) free to document the culture that is us.  While there are issues with that in some parts of the U.S., many in other parts of the world sacrifice all that is theirs in the service of photojournalism/documentary photography.  We all need to be grateful to those who take such risks.

Finally, I am grateful to those to who view my work and find it of some value.

Thank you.