Sometimes I Wonder
Over time, if we shoot authentically,
follow the leanings of our heart,
our body of work will become a silent testimony
to who we are and what we care about.
Our photographs will speak with a voice all their own,
uttering our essence to all who can hear.
- Jan Phillips (God is at Eye Level)
"About to Blossom" photograph copyright 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian
It's easy to follow my heart when I shoot photographs
but does following my heart lend a coherency to my "body of work?"
Is there some kind of essential Meri-ness
in my photos that speaks to you of me?
Do they tell you that deep in my being
I hope when you see my images the experience
brings you healing for wounds you might have ignored,
at least a moment of pleasure,
and an appreciation of the beauty all around you?
Do they tell you I wish for you to be moved,
that if I am lucky you will know a piece of the joy
ignited in me in the moment of capturing a beautiful image?
Do they offer you an entrance into a place of peace in your busy day?
I hope they do, for above all, I wish for you to know peace.
Sometimes, as I'm shooting,
and even more when I'm choosing which images to share,
I wonder about these things.