A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. Irving Penn
Today is just going to be a conversation, well not really as a conversation requires two participants and right now it is just me and seeing my thoughts on this screen and ??? who else reading it. Though I continue to be surprised when people say something about the letters or something I posted on Facebook or Twitted about and I think…hmm there are really people reading this.
WOW, what an amazing day yesterday. The supreme court granted same sex marriages in all 50 states. There are so many celebrating. I have never felt nor given prejudice. It just is not in me. I see people as people. What you do is far more important to me than who you are in class, culture, color, gender or preference. In some ways I guess I still maintain childlike belief in the person and the world…coupled with the reserve that comes from a lifetime of experiencing the worst that people can do to a child and to others. That is not to say that I have not been on a huge learning and inner work journey myself. Who I am today is certainly way different than I was several years ago. But in general now that I have started allowing the real me to rise to the surface, I like her. I am open to all, curious about everything. Clueless to several things (chuckling here) and still get hurt by the most unexpected things. See joy in so much. FEEL, feel, feel all of it. The smells of life, the colors of the sunrises and sunsets that just floor me to tears. The joy when I see people expressing their love to each other and then a tinge of sadness as I have not felt that in a really long time and I miss it. The overwhelming sense of “rightness” when I am writing or behind the camera or listening to music.
God the absolute bubbling joy when I am behind the camera and I can “see” the person. I went to a concert this past Thursday. It is a group I adore. I see big things in them and for them. That sense of “right” that they have the sound and more than that the energy that they create when they play is capable of bringing the audience in and just “being” in the music. Their guitar player, well he finally left me speechless. I had a feeling the joy was there but had not really seen it…until this past Thursday. Then it came out and good lord he glowed and the music, I could see the notes bubbling out. It was the most incredible experience. THAT is what I fully expect to see when I go on tour with you. To finally capture in image, to see the story of you in music and life. There is just no way the two cannot be intertwined. What made Nina Simone, among other absolutely great torch (lounge) singers so damn fabulous was that their love, passion, joy, and even the demons and the anger ALL came out in her voice…as it does with you.
After literally listening to thousand of hours of your voice, there is a progression that has taken place. The absolute bubbling joy that takes place in your voice in certain songs. The soaring notes. The truth is that this particular album and tour is one that you will literally never be able to redo. Each night of the tour, each place, each audience, each song, each orchestra…every single moment is never going to be seen again without a still image.
When I ask if anyone else can see the patterning that is taking place I am not sure anyone sees. I am sure they see the pieces but for some reason, when I was standing at that damn concert in Houston, I “saw” the whole picture. And I just cannot let go of the images until I have a chance to share them with someone who can DO something about it. I am sure there are going to be people that read this that think I am just the nut ball of the century…or some crazed female fan. I am not. I just have this idea that I know will be awesome and I want the opportunity to discuss it….this has never been about “meeting you” this is about capturing the realization of a life long dream for you, the history you will not just be stepping into but making your mark in. The dream of the photographer to capture it and document it in a book. That is the magic and why it is so awesome. How many people can be inspired by the proof that dreams do come true, even if you are a “nobody” like me and a “somebody” like you.
PS Here are a couple of the images I was talking about from the concert:
And I am going to end with some of the lyrics of Canto Alla Vita as a reminder of the absolute joy we have being offered to us in every day of life.
I Sing to Life
I sing to life
I sing to life ……..to its beauty
to each of its wounds……….each of its beauty
I sing to life and to its tragic beauty
To pain and to strife, but all that dances through me
The rise and the fall; I’ve lived through it all
Dedicated to those that feel it withered
as if it were dry sand in between your fingers
and you feel it already finished……………
I sing to life…….
*PS-Dear Reader- The only favor I ask is that you follow the story, Share if you are so inclined. Know that I am following dreams as you do.