I have just returned from an incredible and intimate conference of The Portrait Masters, hosted by my mentor, Sue Bryce. Ideas, emotions, words, to do lists, love, strength and so many other things are swirling through my brain as I stand on the brink of perhaps the most exciting time of my almost 20 year career as a professional photographer... The Masters taught me so much, including the fact that it is our legacy to pass on this great power we possess in being able to show our subjects their strength, vulnerability and human beauty of spirit with our portraits. I will be announcing some huge news in the upcoming week, and I can't wait to celebrate with all of you! Sue, my mentor, has this poem on a huge mirror in her studio, and it has spoken to my heart ever since I first heard Sue recite it in her early teachings... Let this feast begin... Stay tuned for more details...
Love After Love - Poem by Derek Walcott
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.