"Shades", 8x8", (2020), Cyanotype and tea on cotton
Part of the development of my practice and person is learning to relinquish some control over what I can do. This is not to say “pick your battles,” for there are some that must always be fought, and we must continue to fight in order to make the world better, but instead recognizing our own capabilities and how we can best help others in every aspect of life. These images represent a small, but intentionally relaxed step. Cotton squares are placed among the branches and brambles, in bushes and flower pots, to capture the dancing of shadows and leaves in the sun. Meanwhile, I go about my day, or sometimes just sit out in the garden and listen to the rustling of branches in the breeze, waiting for whatever surprises the photographs will reveal. I’m not throwing caution to the wind, but rather accepting the uncontrollable parts of my life and celebrating them.