The Power of a Moment

“Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.”

Some moments change our lives forever, while others change the entire world.  These moments, large or small, flood us with emotions and force periods of reflection.  These are the times that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

The moment a veteran heard thunderous silence following a cease fire, overwhelmed by a mix of relief and disbelief….

…or the moment new parents held their baby for the first time, eyes flooded with tears of joy and minds dreaming of the life their child will lead.

The moment a young adult threw her cap in the air at graduation, her heart filled with pride as she transitions to a new life…

… or the moment when much of the world breathed a sigh of relief as a life long public servant swore an oath of office, pledging to set his country on a path that leads away from hatred, from isolationism, from chaos and from deception.

These are the times that we will remember.

Moments like these don’t come easily, but they gift us with the opportunity to be inspired, to be educated, and to focus our energies on that which we hold dear.  Whether you agree with his politics or not, the fact is that President Biden’s life has not been an easy one; full of tragedy, loss, victories and defeats.  But, throughout it all, he did not give up on the country he loves because, in his own words, giving up is unforgivable.  

Inauguration Day was a reminder of how important it is to create our moments, to chase our dreams, to learn from our failures, and to never give up.  Carpe Diem my friends… seize the day.  

What will your moment be?

Light Breaks The Shadow Of 2020

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”

– Desmond Tutu

2020 turned our lives upside down, bringing with it illness, loss, financial challenges, political instability and legions of other stressors.  They say that it is always darkest before the dawn, however, and now we start anew with multiple vaccines making their way into our communities, with new leaders soon to take power and with a small beacon of hope visible at the end of the long tunnel we entered in 2020.  

Since March I have maintained a pretty low profile, using the lockdown to focus on family and personal growth.  I have also channeled much of my artistic energy into playing guitar, something that I did professionally for a decade but stepped away from for a long time when photography found me.  My friends and family have all stayed healthy, thankfully, and it has been a blessing to spend so much time with them.

2020 reminded me that I find solace and joy in the simple things that exist in my “3 foot world”:  the joy on my dog’s face when I grab the leash and she realizes it is time for a walk.  The brush on the canvas as my wife paints, or the sound of my daughter playing her Ukulele downstairs.  Being a lifelong health care worker I follow the pandemic closely and can quote COVID stats and literature with the best of them, but it is important to know when to turn these things off.  It is the simple things after all, the things immediately within our grasp, that can keep us focused and fulfilled.

And now 2021 is here.  A new year, with new opportunities.  Slowly light will push out the shadows of 2020 and we will return to the people, the places and the things that we all love so much.  Until then, try focusing on your own 3 foot world if you find yourself getting stressed.  Step away from the noise and find peace in the simple things.  

I will be back photographically in 2021, with new personal work and a small number of Vancouver based workshops this summer.  You can count on that.  Until then, I hope that you all stay healthy and continue to share your work and your aspirations with me as you have over the last few years.  This is a wonderful community, and you are all wonderful people.

Happy New Year my friends!

Best wishes,

Ian