World Photography Day


I have always loved taking photos. It took me quite some time to switch from film to digital, and more recently have I forgone using an actual camera for my cell phone. As the online world is more interactive and visual I try to take photos to accompany my writings. I think it adds to the layers of my writing life as well as much of my spiritual life. In looking for photos to include on this day, I did some googling and research into photography. Living in New York, I’m partial to Kodak and the Eastman-Kodak company, not to mention their connection to Paul McCartney and his family.

In reading up on National Photography Day from the National Day website, I was reminded of a postcard that I carried with me for the longest time. It is one of the few pieces of artwork that I recognize immediately and draws me into the black and white mysteries of the art world as well as a bygone past and of course the romanticism of Paris.

The Kiss by Robert Doisneau

Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville, photographed by Robert Doisneau. Fair Use. (c)2022

There is so much going on that it inspired me throughout high school and college in creating characters, writing their stories, and including myself in the background of the photo, perhaps in the lobby of the Hotel de Ville.

A picture is worth a thousand words as the saying goes, and in many cases more than a thousand words in descriptions, feelings, dreams, and spirit. Although not all of them need a caption; the picture is often enough. Here are a few of my own:

Cossayuna Lake, NY. (c)2022
Art Inspiration. Candle holder. (c)2022
Black-eyed Susans outside the McDonald’s. (c)2022
Adirondacks. NY. (c)2022
Lilacs. (c)2022
Rosary Beads. (c)2022
Gorgeous prayer shawl I bought in Toronto, Canada. There is a wonderful and sad story that came with it, and I think of the people who made this in Kashmir. I bring it on all my retreats and draped it over myself when I’d sit outside during the pandemic. (c)2022
Spooky, misty, foggy, cemetery in Autumn. (c)2022
This made my day! Gisele is one of the lovliest people I’ve encountered on Twitter. She is the Second Lady of Pennsylvania as well as the wife of the next US Senator of Pennsylvania. She takes time for everyone and anyone and is the genuine thing. Last year, she sent me sunflower seeds!


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