I use the camera as a means to be present in the moment. Gazing through the viewfinder, I slow down, narrow my world to the image before me, and experience an unexpected calm and joy. From this space comes a bounty of discovery—brown leaves in an old bird bath, unremarkable until the moment the light hits at a certain angle; disregarded mineral deposits that come alive with form and color; minute algae on a wood post that, on closer inspection, is the loveliest of gardens.
These moments reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary, plumb hidden depths within the superficial, perceive the perfect within the imperfect. They are always unexpected, unrepeatable. But, for me, they are whole and complete, simple marvels hidden in plain sight before our eyes.