Perhaps it’s the time of year and the time for looking back that has placed the word tenderness in my heart and on my mind. Holidays, combined with thoughts of re-birth with the coming new year keep thoughts of family and friends present.
I’ve been reviewing the year in pictures, both my own and the various collections spread all over the internet. One of the best compilations of images comes from The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/2009-decade.html#/intro. The ones that have stayed with me are the tender photographs. The subject matter, in the case of The New York Times photographs, is often fierce, but the approach has been gentle and the respect for the dignity of the subject apparent. These are the photos that I want to make in the coming year. I have several personal projects under way that will demand attention to this objective: A story of the Navajo families in Canyon de Chelly and the life of the farm workers and inhabitants of several Lusitano fazendas in Brazil. These will be challenging for me as I am unused to photographing people. I’m looking forward to the deeper connection that this will bring to my life and my relationships with family, friends, and community.
I wish you a very Happy New Year, with the blessings of good health and connection to loved ones. And for photographers and non-photographers…..in the words of Irving King and Harry Woods by way of Otis Redding, try a little tenderness.