Gallery last updated (24 of 24): 05.24.2008
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I am a professional photographer with 30 years experience that shoots coast to coast in the US and Costa Rica.
I am not here for money, (there isn't any)-I am here to meet you and immortalize your story.
They are everywhere.
"Throughout all of human history the ultimate gift of story is twofold; that at least one soul remains who can tell the story, and that by the recounting of the tale, the greater forces of love, mercy, generosity and strength are continuously called into being in the world."
To tell a story is to visit our very humanity.
To retell it, is to revisit it.
The telling of story is considered by many as an essential spiritual practice. For me, it is an essential part of my photographic work.
Do you have a story you'd like to tell?
"Tales, legends, myths, and folklore are learned, developed, numbered, and preserved the way a pharmacopoeia is kept. A collection of cultural stories, and especially family stories, is considered as necessary for long and strong life as decent food, decent relationship and decent work."
Ironically, in today's blossoming e-information age…such stories seem to be becoming lost in the flux. Like the disappearing Amazon forest-taking away potential healing diversity in the process.
I am a collector and hence keeper of stories…the camera my collection tool of choice-it's images, my keeper.
"The life of a keeper of stories is a combination of researcher, healer, linguist in symbolic language, teller of stories, inspiratrice, God talker and time traveler."
"In the apothecary of stories, most are not used as simple entertainment. In the folkloric application, rather, they are conceived of and handled as a large group of healing medicines, each requiring spiritual preparation and certain insights by the healer as well as by the subject. These medicinal stories are traditionally used in many different ways; to teach, correct errors, lighten, assist transformation, heal wounds, re-create memory. Their main purpose is to educate and enrich soul and worldly life."
A strong photographic story accomplishes all this without spoken or written words.
"It must be noted also that many of the most powerful medicines, that is stories, come about as a result of one person's or group's terrible and compelling suffering. For the truth is that much of the story comes from travail; theirs, ours, mine, yours, someone's we know, someone's we do not know far away in time and place. And yet, paradoxically, these very stories that rise from deep suffering can provide the most potent remedies for past, present and even future ills." That is the closest thing I know of to 'magic'.
Professionally, I shoot to eat.
Personally, I shoot to live.
If you have an interesting story to tell, perhaps I can help it be told.
[pssssst: the above quotes are the words of clarissa pinkola estes Ph.d., adapted par moi into my personal story-no sense in reinventing wheels, when one at hand fits the vehicle rather nicely as is]