CELEBRATION, for me, means the expression of the climactic aspect of life. One celebrates when one feels fully and when one lives completely. When life has fulfillment, we respond to it with elation and with a heightened sense of being.
A PHOTOGRAPH THAT CELEBRATES IS AN AFFIRMATION OF EXISTENCE
A PHOTOGRAPH THAT CELEBRATES IS AN AFFIRMATION OF EXISTENCE. It may celebrate life by documenting the actual celebrations of man and the commonality and continuity of human experience. It may rejoice in life through visual equivalents and expressive symbols.
CELEBRATIONS ON STAGE. The reader may have wondered why the images are staged to begin with celebrations of death and end with celebrations of birth and rebirth. We believe the usual chronology as seen in reversal gives another insight into the cyclic flow of existence.
NATURAL CELEBRATIONS. Except for photography, the roots of all the arts go back to the sacred. The roots of architecture, sculpture, poetry, and music originated in a time when they merged with ritual, science and the divine. Presently an American Indian shaman’s ceremonial sand paintings or his dances are living relics of past celebrations when art and science were sacred and undifferentiated.
ALL CHILDREN ARE CELEBRATIONS. Whereas once I took pictures of my daughter from a sense of duty, I keep on shooting now because my camera has become an important party in what is a very strong relationship. I think these photos reflect that relationship, although what matters most is not what is printed on a piece of paper, but the growth in our love for each other.