Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tough Times

An age is called "dark," not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.
James Michener

A study came out this past week that said 8 out of 10 Americans are suffering symptoms of stress. I am seeing more it every day that I work. People come into my office asking for help that isn't available and that is my stress. Trying to help people see that there is light out there and it will get better is what I can offer best. I have my photographs hanging in my office and it's funny, people are looking at them more now, then ever before. They ask questions about how did I decide to take them etc. I try to tell them that it's not a totally linear or technical process, that it's a feeling of it's the right moment to capture what you are seeing in your minds eye. And out of this discussion I've been encouraging them to explore creative pursuits to help them cope. Maybe they'll pursue something. My photography is my light shining in the darkness and if it helps someone then I've been paid in more then money.

The Temptations, "I'll Keep My Light In My Window":

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, these last few weeks have brought grey moody clouds across the country - and across the world. We will of course make it through to the other side one way or another. And you are absolutely right, I also think that looking for a creative outlet will help ease the stress of these times. I'm glad that your photography is helping others. :)

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