Let there be light.




Photography is the combination of the photographer’s eye, and light falling on a light sensitive surface or digital equivalent of film. And from this alchemy of human skill, experience, perceptions,  impressions and interactions with technology evolves visual storytelling – often evoking a feeling, which in turn stirs our senses and conjures up memories. What are your feelings and what comes to mind when you see this image?

Oddly enough for me, this image reminds me of when I was a young girl, and what it felt like to fall asleep on my bed under a pile of warm clothes fresh from the dryer with the sun streaming in through my bedroom window.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
― Dorothea Lange

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
― Eudora Welty

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud

Ken E. Williams, Photographer

Ken Williams is a retired educator living in a small town in northwest Wyoming. Ken’s photo work has for the past several years been motivated by his passion for locally grown food, sustainable and simple living and people who live the traditional values of personal communication and community commitments. He is uncomfortable with the digital revolution and (just barely) accepts this modern technology as a mean to reach more people with his extraordinary photographic images. I would add – a living history of our western rural, agrarian culture, the people and the changing landscape he encounters as he travels the back roads of America.

Pow Wow Dancer: Once each year, native people from through out the American west, gather in Cody, Wyoming to celebrate their diverse cultures and demonstrate traditional skills.

Farmers Market: During summer and fall, folks who appreciate locally grown food and family farms have opportunity to visit and purchase real food while becoming part of a community support system at farmer’s markets.

Wind Generators: Near Judith Gap, Montana, with cattle and wildlife grazing near by, each of the 90 generators produce enough clean, renewable energy to power over 350 houses.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Ken and enjoying his photographic work for the past seven years. Ken is a gifted storyteller and historian with his camera; he’s an excellent writer, as well. I look forward to the day Ken and his photography partner Morgan Tyree publish their collective work! To view more of Ken E. Williams’ photography, check out their website backroadzimages and Ken’s Flickr Photo Gallery.

The Telling Signs

The Telling Signs by Laura L. Snyder

I know too much
about dusty sage, the open howl
of wind, and the dry grasshoppers
that pop against my skirt.
This world is scorched yellow-gray
and grave markers tilt
like heavy petals on the hill.

How can a body keep
anything under this sky–a blue bowl
of unmeasured
fire. The buckets of water
drip in double lines behind me.
A turkey vulture shadow
crosses me,
cuts the glare and is gone.
Tumble weed

wheel away. (Sometimes
I ink prayers on torn strips of muslin
and tie them to the branches
to carry away.)
I look down. Burrs grip
and drag the edge of my hem,
the tear in my apron
like children. My bones hollow
for the sight of another woman.

LAURA L. SNYDER keeps a slanted profile in Seattle so weighted words pour out in nasty weather. Find her most recent writing in Wazee, Cascade Journal, Ekphrasis, Alimentum Journal, Oracle, Pontoon #9, Switched-on Gutenberg, Chrysanthemum and Moon Journal. You’ll find her with an open journal in art museums and wherever trees and bears hang out. Flutter Poetry Journal. Inspired by a photo of an old abandoned farmhouse that was intended to be the book cover for The Telling Signs by Susan Moon. Reprinted with permission from Laura Snyder.

Laura and I have been friends since 1978. She never ceases to amazing me with her prolific journaling, writing and publishing of her prose and poetry, even through the most difficult of times.  As soon as Laura has computer access again, she will send me an updated bio with current links where you can read more of her writing published online. Laura’s The Telling Signs has been nominated for the DZANC BOOKS Best of the Web 2010.