Everyone always assumes why you are a weeping willow If they cared enough to ask they might come to know how sweet sap flows to every tip of every whip on every crackled limb If they could see in every bough a memory of some clambering kid now grown up tearing up at your helpless tendril stems they might start to know how you could remain standing while being a willow weeping
upstream the river is flooding we can see it coming we know towns are drowning but what more can we do than wait
the equinox is two days away that’s when the rains will return along with the warming trend we can predict these things with startling clarity the ground we live on is saturated still what more can we do than wait
I heard a Muslim American recount how Thursday night she had this feeling that at that moment a shooting was happening at a mosque somewhere in the world she went to sleep for what else was there to do
in the morning she read of New Zealand in terror
the water levels are rising they will be for some days yet those in low lying areas are urged to make preparations the rest of us who reside on higher ground are told we have nothing to worry about why would we worry when we are dry what more can we do than wait
I’m so honored and proud to be featured this week on the Strictly Business blog of my professional society, the American Society of Media Photographers. I love the work I do and could talk about it for hours, so this brief interview ended up being maybe not as brief as they intended…
We asked: How do you successfully photograph with the viewer in mind? Do you think this effort changes the way you approach your work?
Jeremy said: I’d say I “put myself in their shoes,”
but let’s be honest: we all have different sizes and styles, and I can’t
know what it’s really like to walk through everyone’s diverse and
exotic life experiences. So what I try to do is take everybody’s shoes off.
I’m looking to connect with the viewer on a deep, universal human
level; the level of emotion and vulnerability, of bare feet on raw
earth. The level we often forget about until reminded by something like a
story of a mother’s love for her daughter, or a story about longing for
some sense of home, or about fractured relationships beginning to heal…
And the only way to successfully do this: listening and watching
intently; being fully present to the people and places and communities;
and letting them tell their stories for themselves, as much as possible.