I had a particularly creative and joyful week that I must share…
Last Saturday I saw the documentary movie The Salt of the Earth about the life and work of world-renowned photographer Sebastiao Salgado. The film is gut-wrenching and ultimately uplifting and inspiring. A must see if you are the least bit interested in the state of the human condition and the earth on a global scale. http://www.firstshowing.net/2015/watch-trailer-for-sebastiao-salgados-the-salt-of-the-earth-doc/
Thursday I had breakfast with photographer Jerry Downs. I met Jerry in Boulder several years ago. He grew up in the Denver area and now lives in San Rafael – we are literally neighbors. As VP/Education Director of the Marin Photography Club, I asked Jerry to speak at our education evening April 14. I’ve been a big fan of his images and story telling for years. Jerry has a profoundly joyful way of viewing the world…you can see for yourself in his new book Why You Were Born. http://www.jerrydownsphoto.com/#home
THEN, same day…I had lunch with Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist Deanne FitzMaurice of San Anselmo – also a neighbor. I’ve invited her to speak at the Marin Photo Club in November. Deanne’s advice when I asked her how she approaches her particular work photographing people, she said, “you have to open your heart, be willing to be get to know them and their story.” http://portfolio.deannefitzmaurice.com/#!/index
That evening I saw a preview of The Water Diviner, opening later in the month, a movie directed by and starring Russell Crowe. BONUS!!! He was there and did Q&A for an hour afterward. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CkLC4Zr2Mw
Friday I joined a few fellow photo club members for sunrise on Ring Mountain in Tiburon. We had an amazing morning…seeing, photographing and sharing. Out of the images I took that morning this is the one I love the most. The morning air and water were unusually calm. Our spot facing east overlooked the San Francisco Bay from Tiburon, midway between the Richmond Bridge to the north and the Golden Gate to our south. As the sun came up and reflected on the water I saw this tiny figure below, a lone stand up paddler gliding across the water. I watched as he/she approached the sun’s reflection. This is the result with my 300mm lens. This tiny paddler in the vast expanse of liquid light fills me with joy, hope, awe and wonder at the magic and mystery of life. I would love to hear what it evokes in you.
Thank you to all who contributed to such a stellar week. Blessings, Lisa