Created 9-Jan-22
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Entries for an exhibit called "Passion" at NOMA Gallery in Ocala, Florida. The call for entries closed January 9 and the physical exhibit runs from February 3 to March 26, 2022.

"Pas sion / noun / a strong and barely controllable emotion

What evokes passion within you? Is it Love? Creation? Lust? Discovery?

How do you express Passion in silence or in song?

The power and complexity of desire inside of you is unlimited."

My entries:

"Like no one is watching"
I’ve always tried to capture passion in my photography. For a photographer, passion is like light: it’s best when it’s at its most dramatic; and so to capture passion in dramatic lighting is a natural fit.

But it works both ways. There’s something about being out in the wilderness at golden hour, with the setting sun lighting a snow-capped volcano ablaze with spectacular color, that stirs a deep seated passion—for life, for living, for the thrill of being alive on planet Earth.

“Haven” and I hiked a mile up a steep trail in Mount Rainier National Park to reach this spot, a remote trail with a spectacular view, for a set of photographs. We’d already taken full advantage of the sunset, and as the light faded into twilight, neither of us wanted to stop. Haven climbed a short ridge, and filled with the passion of being alive in that place in that moment, began to dance, her form silhouetted against the deepening sky. We had already captured dozens of beautiful images, but none of them captured the magic of that place and time as fully as this.


"Rendezvous"
I’ve always tried to capture passion in my photography. For a photographer, passion is like light: it’s best when it’s at its most dramatic; and so to capture passion in dramatic lighting is a natural fit.

And it works both ways. Being out on a Puget Sound beach at sunset, with the warm sun and the tide saturating everything with color and light, can’t help but stir feelings of passion—for life, for living, for the shared joy of being alive on planet Earth.

“Melancholic” and “Despondent” hiked out to a remote beach in Seattle’s Discovery Park for a photos shoot in the late afternoon of a spring day. As the shadows grew longer, the images grew more and more dramatic, and inspired by the setting, the couple began dancing on the beach, swirling and leaping, making dramatic silhouettes against the setting sun. And yet, as spectacular as those images are, it is this interlude that most deeply moves me: the passion for life merged with the clear passion between two individuals, a moment of tenderness in a blaze of light.