It’s always difficult drifting into a new year for me. I never feel quite ready to release the last one – for all its memories, love, fun, adventure and emotion. Letting go is very hard for me, something I’m always working on. I never want the year to end… endings can feel so lonely to me.
In December of this year, a great hero of our civilization passed on and I guess for 2014 I’d like to integrate his words into all I try to do. Nelson Mandela was amazing in so many ways. A fearless, selfless leader who shared smiles regularly. He was a unifier, a communicator, a savior to many.
Here’s something Mandela said that (continues to) speak[s] to me:
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
As I think at my past work, I’ve realized much of what I’m trying to do is develop a common language for ecology and people – together. I believe photography and imagery is a universal language. The visual world speaks so universally – it can be private, discrete and loud and clamorous all at the same time. Visual information is so rich. The question is how to take a photo from something you look at to something you imbibe, get intoxicated on, sing about and fall in love… I think we maybe have those images with family – or a great Ansel print, but what if we could raise the bar for many more photos – this could be our common language, his language.
I hope to continue to develop a universal language for conservation, for love and for family. Happy New Year to all of you!
Love this reflection, and future intentions. Happy New Year to you and the fam!
thanks for the update
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