Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Connection: Naïve Anticipation for a Fresh Start?


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To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” - Elliott Erwitt

Written shortly before the new year began, the day after Christmas in fact, I tried to describe how the years pass connected to each other but also commemorated by themselves for their significant events. 2020 doesn't stand out as a particularly good year considering the pandemic, the continuing racial strife, the uneven policing, and the polarized political environment. I was hoping to see better things in 2021, but perhaps I was too naïve. The more things change, the more they stayed the same. One can only hope that we see things get better especially with the COVID vaccination program ramping up. As I wrote on December 26, 2021...

As we pass through the holidays and inch ever closer to the new year, there are some who’d like to kick this year to the curb and probably for good reason. We’ve experienced a collective trauma this year the likes of which we haven’t felt in decades. But even with all the difficult challenges that we’ve endured, there has been room for growth, a chance to reaffirm our priorities and work to be better. One year yields to the next and they’re all linked, symbolized here by our iconic ‘Connection’ from one side of the Indian River Inlet to the other. Here’s to the hope that lessons from the past can help us keep making the future better. Thanks to everyone doing essential work and keeping our world moving forward. I appreciate you. And thank you to everyone who has supported my art.

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