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You might be surprised, even delighted, as if you can’t believe that you brought this to life.

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Last week, when students filed into my classroom on the first day of a five-day workshop at Santa Fe Workshops, we embarked on a deep journey together. Yes, ABCs of Beautiful Light may sound technical. Everyone gains a newfound sensitivity to light and new technical skills, but the goal is really to deepen our experience […]

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love & poetry

  Here is an essay by my friend, poet Spencer Reece, who is an Episcopal priest, currently living in Madrid. He worked at an orphanage in Honduras, the “murder capital of the world,” teaching poetry to girls who were residents of Our Little Roses, an orphanage.  Writing poetry was a daring venture, against all odds. […]

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  September 10, 2001 was a perfect day. The sky was turquoise. The air, a soft touch on the skin as we disembarked from the ferry that took me and my photography crew from Puerto Rico to the nearby island of Culebra where I took this photo. We were on a mission to create images […]

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A few months ago I sat between my mother and father on their couch in the basement of their home in Minot, North Dakota, my home town. My mom is almost 90. Dad will be 92 in a week. They wanted me to look at things I might like to keep from their lives, our […]

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Oh sweet spring. Walking through the neighborhood, the scent of flowers fills the air. Jasmine! I lean down to inhale. And then the lilacs. They are pink, light purple, dark purple and the most wondrous: purple with white edges on each tiny flower. When I bury my face in them, the scent carries me to […]

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sister teresa

sister teresa, a tribute

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This weekend, as I traveled by train to Vancouver, B.C. with my husband, I read a book called When Breath Becomes Air. It was written by a young doctor, Paul Kalanithi, who was in his final training as a neurosurgeon in California when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. He was also a […]

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I have photographed many people over the years. Each person has his or her own interesting story. Sometimes there are people whose stories are particularly moving. Nancy Haunty is one of those people. In 2012 I was hired by the Swedish Hospital Foundation in Seattle to photograph Nancy for a special Foundation publication about women […]

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Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain images? It’s because every painting, photograph or movie uses light to tell a story. And some stories are more beautifully told than others. Is the light source hard or soft? Is the source positioned high or low? (Light positioned at a low level creates upward […]

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