In the aftermath of the horrible events of Sept 11, 2001 I had found myself faced with a crossroads of sort which was quite unexpected.
On one hand was the road to being immersed in the disaster and shooting that. On the other was quite a different tack. That of leveraging the change which I would like to see in the world. I was unaware of the consequences of the choices before me as I settled in to create some imagery in the week after the event for Sygma News service through my agent, Corbis Images.
I found myself shooting through tears a lot that week. But it was not due to covering the death and destruction of the day, it was in documenting the beauty of a people drawn close together for the express end of the creation of hope, comfort and healing as a united people.
Since that time I have made it a steady effort to sow beauty into the world with my work.
Here is a quirky but beautiful piece done to my son Josh’s music that I put together as an entry for the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown. It is called Obsessed.
Here is another one done to the Music of Matt Jennings, made while I was down with the flu recently entitled “The Forgotten Ones”.
This floored me when I ran across 2 Cellos after my friend and colleague Charlie Witmer introduced their work yesterday online. Benedictus as I have never heard it before. Beauty exists in many dimensions. Artists bring it back home.
All of this of course is really intended to inspire Gratitude. Here is a wonderful lesson on it from the Daily Good.