My eyes and my camera are the instruments that align with my heart and mind so I can produce art that is distinctively my own. Trends are not appealing to me; my creative preferences range from contemplative abstractions to honest renderings. Like other art, my photography is an ever-evolving journey where my desire to connect with, document and create from my surroundings is validated, yet constantly in flux.
Nature, movement, colors, divergent displays and life are my muses. My photographic process typically involves the assessment of light, examining interests of shape and movement, how composition will assist me in expressing my vision, or whether my creative use of depth of field will yield an intimate or expansive image. My decision making processes on aesthetics are like meditative observations; all are made on an intuitive level felt between myself, the moment and the subjects that present themselves.
The busy-ness and repetition of day-to-day responsibilities oftentimes can distract us from our appreciation of the beautiful world around us. The depth of the color the afternoon light renders on a leaf, or how a sunrise illuminates the sky are details that continually present themselves to me. As is true (I believe) with most art, through my photography I seek to make connections and provide pleasure by illuminating and enhancing the viewer’s ability to witness our surroundings, offering almost a “permission” to stop and enjoy nature and an opportunity to present an understanding of our connection with it and responsibility to it. Through our connectivity and my art, I hope to bring the viewer a brief moment of peace, a healing of emotions or spirit, inspiration and enlightenment.
Defining myself separately from being a photographer, I am a creator who believes in encouraging others to create. Like an architect, my enjoyment lies in building people up by conveying my knowledge in an uplifting way. Empowering authentic creativity in individuals and promoting connections and contributions that will matter to each other, to our planet and within our own communities, is of tremendous importance to me. I believe that flexibility, diversity, love and acceptance are the cornerstones to making a genuine difference in our world. My strength allows me to live my life through compassionate kindness; that is the best part of who I am.
I am here to help you through insightful and inspirational instruction. Please consider joining myself and Team Zen on one of our Photography Expeditions where you will enjoy a memorable, informative + adventurous photo-learning experience.
~ Namaste, Joanne