I had such a wonderful surprise yesterday when I opened an email message from my publisher. She wrote to tell me about a great review in an important online journal for my book, Meditation For Two. Happy as I was to read such nice comments, I realized that this was much more than a book review.
The words written by Cindy Foley were an affirmation on so many levels. First, people are searching for a deeper, more meaningful relationship with their horses. Dominique eloquently speaks to this throughout the book, and in the life he has led for the last forty years. Second, the power of the written word to reach people is magnified when you hold a book in your hands and immerse yourself in it. And third, the photographic image, when made with love and layered thoughtfully into an essay, can facilitate and amplify the connection. In Dominique’s words, it can “…create a greater molecular change”.
Cindy “got it”. I am grateful that an even greater number of readers will have the opportunity to experience the transformative nature of the book because of her generous review. The most important thing about the book is its message; not the photographs, or design, though I am happy to have created them; not the number of books sold (though greater numbers would be super).
From the review: “The photos are misty, blurred…chosen because they speak without the need for a caption. They’re soulful, matching the words.”
If you are a photographer, consider your message. Work to find ways to incorporate your images with thought-provoking texts. I’m happy that Cindy understood why my photographs lacked captions in the book. I work hard to create images that speak by themselves or rest easily but meaningfully alongside a considered text. I believe it has made me a better photographer.
Thank you for finding and reading the blog. Click HERE to see the entire review on Horse Journal. You can order Meditation For Two directly from me by clicking HERE.
One last ‘message’…..my life works because I am surrounded by loving, kind people on every side. I have to take a moment and say thank you to Debra, Lisa, Chaya, and Alea for taking such wonderful care of my horse. Fol Amour is 29 now but thinks he is 5, still a stallion (and knows it), but has a good life because he is worked and cared for daily. I am on and off planes and zipping across continents, but my heart is at ease because I know he’s right where he should be. Here’s a picture of Chaya with her boy, Winston, taken just yesterday at Barbier Farms in Healdsburg, California. Thank you, Chaya!
there is not much to add to your thoughts. you have captured the life that reflects the title of your blog.
your book is a collection of pages that reflect who you are, what matters to you, and what you want to say to the world.
passion, commitment, kindness, and love….not a bad way to be, keron. you definitely photograph as you are.
It’s the world’s best feeling to know you have someone that ‘gets’ you…and cheers you on. You are that person for me and I am aware of the great blessing it is. : ) Thank you my birthday twin. K
Very happy to learn you’re doing great, succcessful, and deeply satisfying things with your lenses and pens, Keron. Happy Holidays…Ranger Poole :”-)
How nice of you to comment…and so sweetly. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Will you have snow??? Thank you, Matt. ~ Keron
Wow! Where did you find that font? I just recently got a copy of your book and I am really impressed with the usage of that font!!
Lovely layout and some of the horse pics are wonderful as well.
Thanks very much. It’s so nice that you took the time to write and I’m thrilled that you have the book!