Reflecting on the personal

Oaxaca Mexico, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji 23mm f2, Black and White

Photography is all about self discoveries I believe. It can be a magical mirror reflecting back upon the photographers stage in life at the time. Much as life is, photography is fluid and ever changing. In the past, I approached photography in two different ways. I had serious work, and I had snapshots documenting family events. My “serious work” was purely about making and image that stood on its own, as an abstract in a sense. While family times were relegated to a point and shoot or phone camera.  After finding myself in a stagnant phase, I came across the work of Josh White, a photographer living in South Korea, whose work greatly moved me and got me thinking about my own approach to photography. For Josh White, photography is an extremely personal endeavor.

For me, the Oaxaca trip came at the perfect time. It came at a pause in my photographic work, it was a return trip after 30 years to a beautiful city we loved, and I was ready for a change.

This image was taken of my daughter under the veranda of the small villa we were staying at in Northern Oaxaca during an afternoon thunderstorm. We were all catching up with various parts of our lives. This was a rather strong storm coming through and lasted all afternoon and into the night. Me being restless and camera in hand, I noticed her reflection and took this image. I’m glad I did. It’s a bit different for me, a bit surreal, a bit soft, but it captures the moment that I might have missed.

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