With ALL that is going in the past two weeks, I want to share a piece of my heart with you.
Black Lives Matter
BLM touches a special chord in my life. Yes, I believe racism is real and I do not want to stay silent about that. It is true I am a white momma raising a child of color in a white America. Personally, my journey as an artist into young adulthood was greatly shaped by my experiences learning and living in predominantly African American communities in Baltimore and New York. It can uncomfortable to be a minority in any situation and to grow we must become uncomfortable. I would not be the person I am, the artist I am, without the community and friendships I have lived through fellow Americans who happen to have a skin color different than mine but whose hearts I connected with so deeply. We are all connected. Sadly some of us never get to experience that to know, and some of us we can forget that if we live our lives in isolation never getting uncomfortable. In this time of growth and needed change and awareness, I want to just remind us all that growth as a whole is uncomfortable. Yet the time is here.
If you know me, you know I love children. I see the children as our future, our path to a brighter future. The more we pour into them, the brighter their future can look. Meet a few of these beautiful children I have photographed recently.
The heart is purer than any perfect person. May we all remember that nothing is perfect, except our creator's perfect love - Who made us in His likeness. May we try every day to be a better person to live up that image. Check out Blake's Poetry Blog, she writes to help anyone feeling down to feel better.
For anyone wanting to do something in this time of social change. Please remember that simply teaching our children and raising awareness at an early age is huge. I began reading children's stories about the civil rights movement and slavery to the classes at my daughter's elementary school. I stopped for two years and then started again this year realizing that just because Lucia is not there I can still contribute. The wide eyes and listening ears of the second graders grasping the story of Ruby Bridges, walking to school every day amongst protestors, to sit in a classroom all alone because people didn't like her skin color, was inspiring to me. I could see their young minds trying to understand why would people be so mean, and how was Ruby so strong. Seeds are planted into our young ones, we can do our part by planting good seeds.
As Mother Teresa said, " We can do not great things, only small things with great love."
I photograph people for a living because I love people. In essence, I make a living on love. Thank YOU for your love and support. Be well!
p.s. If you want to know more about me, check out a recent live interview the Columbus Literacy Center did with me in their Walk in my Shoes series. Please feel free to share the link with any aspiring entrepreneur, photographer, or creative extraordinaire.