At this stage in life, I know what I find beautiful, and I know that beauty is fleeting. Photography allows me to capture and preserve beauty through images that are particularly meaningful to me. My subjects are wide-ranging. I take every chance I get, in every place I go, but especially Michigan, Florida and Maine to take photos. Nature never ceases to amaze me. Images of birds, owls, forests, and skies find their way into my lens. But I am equally captivated—if not more so—by shots of humans, particularly my granddaughters, whose pictures I took long before I ever dared to call myself a photographer.
Some of the moments my camera and eyes have caught take my breath away: the splash of water between two little girls, the delivery of a fresh-caught fish to a nest of osprey, the dark wild of an ocean storm, the elusive green flash at sundown. But there are many other photos in my collection. Often these were favors for friends: thousands of people breast cancer advocates marching past Comerica Park; a gang of beach dogs whose friendship mirrors that of their owners; gatherings (so many gatherings!) to celebrate, honor, memorialize. Often these shots aren’t technically exceptional, but how they touch others elevates them far beyond my own assessment.
I have been fortunate to have mentors, abundant in knowledge and both patient and generous in sharing. They continue to educate me and I learn with every shot. I am here, taking it all in, seeing everything as an adventure.