Another image from many months ago... my absolute favorite thing to photograph is people. Every face carries a story behind it. Along with using my own voice, I want to help others use their voices as well.
Just two boys ...... .
I was looking through my photos and came across this one from the summer. I take so many photos, but only share a small percentage of them. In photography that's pretty common, and so sometimes I go back and find an older photo that really speaks to me and I find so much joy in sharing it... it just needed to be the right time. Most of Esben's classmates are Muslim and come from various other countries. So when we were here in Nørrebro in June, we couldn't help but notice all the beautiful immigrant families, sitting, chatting and children playing. There was this outdoor boxing ring, but Esben and this little boy were just running around it, climbing on the ropes and simply having fun. Just two boys playing. When we talk, play and share life with people who are different than us--it's a beautiful thing. We can recognize the similarities and yet respect and value the differences and uniquenesses of one another. Every day I am so grateful to share this life with all my international friends, they teach me so much and bring such beauty and richness to this country (that is also not my own.)
The other day I was passing by this school and loved seeing the silhouettes of the students in the glass hallway. Incredible. And then zoom in to see the girl who ran down the stairs (at the bottom) with great enthusiasm.
"...Fly, baby, fly, until nothing can get you down.
Sing, baby, sing, until it all comes out.
You are the wind, the flood and the flame.
Nothing here can get in your way.
You've come too far to care what they say.
Now You're the only thing in your way.
Breathe, baby, breathe, until all is calm.
Love, baby, love..." #cloudcult
One of the things I have learned since Stephen's injury is that when you live in a chronic state of tension, difficulty, pain, struggle and uncertainty.... it's good and necessary to also take specific moments to enjoy the good things around you. It's not ignoring or diminishing your current situations, and sometimes it seems impossible and even painful to do so. But if you want to survive the long haul, you have to also welcome the wonders of life and let them take up residence in your heart... alongside all the mess and heartache and brokenness. So in our world right now, our eyes are being opened to the struggle, the brokenness and horrors that have actually been there all along (in other countries, for other people groups) and now it's coming closer to home. And it might feel like it's all horrific, it's all dark, and we might be tempted to become bitter, angry or maybe even wish to escape it all, calling on "heaven now", because it hurts too much. But it's not ALL horrific, it's not ALL dark. Across the centuries, across the globe, against all odds, there have been people persevering, people bringing healing and love to one another. So, today, in our anxieties, our worries, our grief, our pain, we will also look for the good, the light-- maybe create some art, walk among nature, bring a smile to another, sit with a friend. Don't be overcome by the darkness, there is also light. And WE are the light bearers.
Last week, I saw these ladies all sitting together on a bench on the walking street. They were all chatting while one friend took a phone call. I noticed them and smiled, but then at the last minute stopped so I could discreetly take out my camera and capture the moment. Oh the stories I am sure they could tell, with the lives they have lived. ❤️
This street in Copenhagen is a beautiful street. When it rains, it has some fantastic puddles for photographing. The view of the round tower is perfection, and the main library there, is always buzzing with activity. But the street also has a complicated story. In 1985, the Great Synagogue endured a terrorist attack and in 2015 there was a deadly shooting outside the synagogue. Ever since, there has been a police presence on the street and the other day there were armed military personnel. And yet, bicycles pass, lovers embrace, people drink coffee but the tensions also remain. Life is like that. It's not just the pretty puddle pictures and it's not just the armed military pictures. It's the entire, honest scene. All of it. The beauty and the loss, the tranquility and the tension. Holding the paradoxes of life, together in our hands, let's us embrace life to its fullest.