This morning while waiting for my printer to print I picked up Words And Pictures by William Hicks ( photo editor at Life ) Copyright, 1952. After twenty years of collecting dust, it was time. If only I knew there was so much to glean from this book twenty years ago ...... no use lamenting over lost time. Here's what I found when I opened to a random page....
"Know your people's surroundings, analyze their emotions, understand their motivations. Then by emphasis, get the significances of their actions. These add up to interpretation."
"If I have a secret in the taking of pictures it is anticipating the psychological moment"
- Eugene Smith
I wonder, are these things I am doing already on a subconscious level? Again, it doesn't hurt to reintroduce these principles and be conscious of them.
I am one step closer to my dream of creating an eco-studio. This weekend my family and I discovered Green-Phoenix Permaculture Farm in High Falls, NY. We learned so much about sustainable building from knowledgeable people that share a similar vision. As soon as I set eyes on the farm I knew we had arrived at the place where I would be guided into making my dream a reality. It is one of those things that is clear in my mind but I have no idea of where to begin. So I guess I could say this is the beginning for us. Green-Phoenix is on the property of Epworth Camp. Three or four years ago it was looking like Epworth was going to be forced to sell their land. A few veteran campers got wind of this and held a retreat to figure out a way to save the camp, their solution was to pump new blood into Epworth by starting permaculture educational center on the property. There are projects and workshops going on all the time and anyone who is willing to work is welcome to stay at the camp to volunteer and learn about sustainable living. My family and I look forward to spending a good part of our summer there......
Michelle Del Guercio, a sensitive and intuitive medical, lifestyle and portrait photographer, is passionate about shooting all types of people and their environments.
Obsessed with seeking out the truth in a frozen moment, Michelle has been living and breathing photography for the past 15 years. She is now embarking on a new endeavor which she plans on dovetailing with her photography. She is starting a non-profit called Skraptacular, an exciting eco-education program that brings community together by imagining a waste-free world.
She is inspired by nature and dedicated to sustainable living, using every opportunity to incorporate these elements into her life as well as her work as a photographer.