The sand pouring down felt heavy… a weight on her head and shoulders as she looked down.
The weight of carrying around those thing that we often kept hidden, the weight of feeling unsafe to do the things needed to be done. The preparation it takes to reveal oneself, even knowing it might be uncomfortable.
Pam was burned in an accident as a young child, leaving significant scarring on her abdomen and legs. She continues to work toward true self-acceptance…striving to gain and model strength and inner beauty in an effort to be a positive example for her daughters and others.
Despite the challenges life hands us some of us are able to find the will to climb to great heights
Amy contracted bacterial meningitis in 2011. As a result, she lost her legs below the knees, parts of all ten of her fingers, and her kidneys. Meningitis is a vaccine preventable disease and Amy now educates the public by advocating for better health measures through many non-profit organizations.
Unanswered questions, and unresolved decisions with untold directions swirl around our minds as we drift off into a dream state pulled under into another world.
We all struggle but never alone. We divide ourselves up into pieces to find ways to address each problem we face. Looking ourselves in the mirror and confronting our true selves is on the most difficult and profound events in our lives.
Hayden has struggle within himself for years dealing with addiction issues. Everyday is a recovery day and he fights to never give up on himself.
Release or return sometimes we do both in a single event.
Having to watch my adult children drive off to begin their own lives was one of the most painful experiences in my life. With every reunion comes an unexplainable joy.
The promises we make can have a profound impact on others. Some promises can take a life time to fulfill, but If we can learn to not make empty promises we won’t shatter the dreams of those quietly waiting.
Powerful beauty is found in a strong independent woman…..whose quiet ways are breathtaking. We strive for images where an individual can see in the final photograph what the rest of the world sees when we look at them.
Fragments of pictures, songs, and words are deep inside myself. Don’t try to get into my head for it is too dark to understand.
We have all gotten the call…the death of a family member, the announcement of a new birth, or the voice of a long lost friend. The impact of a call that forever changes ourselves.
Love for someone can be so intense that we feel like we are drowning. But a love that is taboo and not social expected can make you feel weak and vulnerable without the strength to save yourself. But more terrifying is the thought of loosing this person.
People fear being forgotten being nothing after death. If even just one person whispers our name we are never forgotten.
As a teenager Tegan was teased for being “fat” but fortunately she was surrounded by people who lifted her up and made her see that she was beyond beautiful.
I still own my heart you can’t take it from me. Does this mean I’m suppose to hurt less since I don’t speak of my pain
We have the tendency to judge others by their surface appearance, and to find only their negative qualities. But if we search beneath the surface we discover that a myriad of strains mix together to create a particular person's nature.
Maybe it’s because we innately know that everything is impermanent that we so desperately cling to it. But cling we do.
Sorry for your loss….I’ll tell you happy lies but there are no happy endings.
We always think we have enough time, it’s very cliché but true. No one believes as they ponder about their lives that in an instant it could all change.
Heather lost both of her legs above the knees in a car accident in 2007. She has dedicated her time to redefining her mode of mobility from a wheelchair to wearing prosthetic legs full time and experiencing life without limitations.
Breaking free from tragedy and embracing a new reality not in days but in minutes or even seconds sometimes is a needful way to handle overwhelming fear.
Katie became an above knee amputee after a cancerous tumor was found behind her right knee in 2015. Not one to let adversity slow her down. Katie now rides and competes in Para-Equestrian Dressage where is now training for the 2020 Paralympic Games.
I think it’s brave that you get up in the morning even if your soul is weary and your bones ache for rest.
I think it’s brave that you keep on living even if you don’t know how to anymore.
I think it’s brave that you push away the waves rolling in every day and you decide to fight yet again.
I know there are days when you feel like giving up, but I think it’s brave that you never do.
She planted herself and refused to stop growing creating beautiful words and branching out touching the world in the most remarkable ways.
Rebecca lost her leg to nerve disease called Reflux Sympathetic Dystrophy, after a break in her right foot at the age of 10. After 8 years of failed treatments Rebecca elected for a below the knee amputation in December of 2013. Although the amputation allowed her to have a better quality of life, it did not alleviate the RSD from her body.
She felt like an animal in a cage….people always gawking and whispering about her unique beauty. One day she realized that her difference was actually a good thing.
I never saw it coming, an event that would seize every memory. With tears of sorrow I cry everyday.
Everyday we make decisions that could lead to risk, and every decision, has a consequence. So do we make decisions without measuring the risk and reprecussions of our actions….for those that do, the adventure and the feeling of being alive is immeasurable.
Wes became a bilateral below the knee amputee due to a skydiving accident on April 21, 2010. As an amputee he continues to skydive, mountain bike, hike, has a full time career, and most importantly raise his 5 year old daughter.
Someday I’ll see you again and we will make up for lost time. So many things need to be said, stories to be told. The hardest days are everyday as I wait for when we can speak again.
Recently having lost her mother creating this image was a way to celebrate her mother and as well as document her long wait.
Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday. A.A. Miller
Image was selected by Fran Forman to appear in the ASmith Gallery in 2019
Image was permanently presence on the PhotoPlace Online Gallery for the Water 2019 Exhibition. Website - https://photoplacegallery.com