Much of what we may perceive through our senses over the course of each day, is often ignored, overlooked, and taken for granted as we attend to our busy lives. With the advent of the age of reason, logic and science have become privileged. Beauty and feeling have been devalued to the point where they are considered trivial. Our desire to experience the world objectively has distanced us from nature. We are no longer enchanted by life. We have been transformed from engaged participants to distanced observers and - in the process, we have lost our sense of community and place. We feel a diminished sense of responsibility to the world because of this subject/object duality – we no longer care for the earth as we should. The future of all life depends on the repair of these dysfunctional relationships.
A re-enchantment of the world requires us to: reposition beauty as a central value in our lives, reorient ourselves within nature, heighten our awareness (come to our senses), and re-engage with community. The acknowledgement that the universe is intricately interconnected - that we are a part of the cosmos - gives meaning and richness to our lives.
Photography makes us pause and take notice, pay better attention, and heightens our awareness of the beauty which surrounds us - whether we are viewing images from in front of the camera lens or behind it. I love capturing the moments we often miss - the wonder and awe we may find in nature, in family life and in our relationships with others. Photography is my gift to you. I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much as I have enjoyed taking them.
"The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking." -Brooks Atkinson, American Theater Critic
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” - Ansel Adams
© 2017, Nancy Maurer Photography