Everyone always assumes
why you are a weeping
If they cared
enough to ask
they might come to know
sweet sap flows
to every tip
of every whip
on every crackled limb
If they could see
in every
a memory
of some clambering kid
grown up
tearing up
at your helpless tendril stems
they might start to know
you could remain standing
while being
a willow


Be like the Wind

Let them name you
after your Origin
while you remember
you are
where you are

as an updraft
when you collide
stone cliffs

the seeds
of age-old trees
and undesired weeds
to lands that may yet love
Love and root them

blow and whirl
hold still and swirl
You are the Breath of the

Be like the Wind
unsure of where you end
and the rest of Air


watching the news

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


Questions with a Pro

©Jeremy Ruzich

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…

Below is an excerpt. But you can jump over and skim the whole thing here! Thanks, ASMP!

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.