I am so grateful to be rediscovering a family history that I knew was there but couldn’t fully appreciate until now. I am blessed to have been born into a family of talented photographers.
I’ve felt that being creative has been a struggle my entire life even though it was my path-my destiny-laid out by my parents, not by natural talent. They encouraged me and supported me in every artistic endeavor I’ve ever had.
I love science and what initially drew me to photography was the science, not the art. The chemistry, the mystery, the technical knowledge that it takes to make something special. As a photographer I am also an archeologist, a chemist, a biologist, a social scientist-an observer of the world-while taking into consideration the history of life.
Now I know that I was born from talent. Recently revisiting old slides taken by my dad and my grandfather on my mom’s side has made me aware of how similar our styles of seeing are. It’s really an interesting journey to be a part of.
Am I seeing them the way they saw them or am I just seeing their work in my own vision?
How much of me has already been there all along waiting for me to get out of the way of myself-to just let me be?
The below photograph was scanned from a slide I found many, many years ago when I went through my Pop-pop’s photographs from his world travels. This one was taken in Bali. It’s always been one of my favorite images ever. I still have carousels of his slides to go through and am looking forward to that time of discovery.