Thursday, June 25, 2009


I was recently interviewed for a feature (details to follow as soon as it's published) and one of the questions that was asked was: "We often say that a picture tells more than a 1000 words but, this is not always the case. Is there one of your pictures where the story behind the picture has a special place at your heart? And what is the story?"

Immediately I thought of this image "Vivo" - "Alive" in Spanish.


This was my answer:

One of my favorite images is a photo that I took on a beach in New York. I called it "Vivo" which means "Alive" in Spanish. I was going through a difficult time professionally and I was considering leaving my job. It was winter and my husband would take me to this beach where we'd sit and talk things out, where he helped me to relax and we'd talk about my options and goals. It was freezing out but we got out of our car and went for a walk anyway because I just needed the fresh air -- we felt mesmerized by the ocean that day. It sounds ridiculous but I felt like the water that day. The waves where coming toward the shore but the wind seemed to be blowing it in another direction. To me it felt a lot like the way life is...when you know the path that you should take is going in one direction, the easier way toward the shore, but there is something that goes beyond the surface that is making you question that easy path. Eventually I ended up leaving my job and starting a new life and every time I look at that photo, which I have framed at home, I remember how afraid of the unknown I was but also how inspired. I think about how powerful the water seemed and the way the wind was whipping my hair around. I think about my husband encouraging me and laughing at me crouched down on the wet sand to take the photo. It was like a self-portrait in many ways.


Do you have photos that make you feel this way? Photos that just take you some place special and that speak 1000 words even if only to you?

Today's Soundtrack:

Gustavo Cerati - Bocanada
This is one of my all-time favorite songs by my favorite musical artist, Gustavo Cerati.

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Keith said...

I love this photo. I can definitely see the "alive" in it. I do think that photos can be inspirational and influential in our lives. They help us reflect on what's going on in our lives. We examine the direction of where we are at and where we want to be going.

Una Zamorana y un Sallentí said...

In my case, the photography itself helped to find my way.

I started making photos in one of the most "strange" moments in my life. One of these moments after a really difficult and hard decision when you realise that maybe you were wrong when you decided the way.

My photos are not so good than yours, but have helped me to find a new path in my life, the one that I have choose


in another lifetime said...

This is really beautiful, this part brought tears to my eyes: "It sounds ridiculous but I felt like the water that day. The waves where coming toward the shore but the wind seemed to be blowing it in another direction."
I'm glad you took the harder road that was true to yourself, if we all did that I think we would live to our full potential! I have seen this photo before on your site and have always found it to be so powerful. Now, even more so.

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Aartee said...

Love it...I think I am going to post one of my fav's today...

onesilentwinter said...

thank you for that.

Clarity said...

Thank you for your gorgeous birthday wishes.

I can so relate to this post. I also think it's lovely how you have a husband and best friend who supports you so clearly.

For me the picture would be the one from here Patience, truth, journey

Sometimes an image can resonate, without us knowing why. I like how you see waves as a self-portrait :)

Carlotta said...

love it, powerful and strong!

Chessa! said...

thank you, everyone, so much for your thoughtful comments...

Clarity, I really do feel so lucky...and you're right. sometimes an image just touches us so deeply.

Des said...

Wow, you gave an excellent answer to a very difficult question. That must have been a tough interview. lol.

The pictures that speak to me the most are the pictures of my grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles when they were my age. Because sometimes we can feel so disconnected from another generation. But then I see these pictures of my family when they were young and I realize that they were just like me: ambitious, confused, confident, insecure, hopeful.

The Lil Bee said...

What a great story. I love when I've taken a photograph and can look at it and be taken right back to that place and feeling.

Candi said...

This is my favorite photo of yours! You're such a brilliant writer and photographer.