A Magical Collaboration
The email appeared in my inbox the week between Christmas and New Years Day. That special in-between time – twixt the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new. When thoughts turn both inward and outward – that time when I pondered what I hoped to create in the new year. And like magic, the universe answered.
The request was from Lisa Ahn, writer extraordinaire. She suggested that we collaborate on a joint artistic project: I would provide a photograph; she would write a short story based on the supplied image.
Me, provide the spark for her prodigious imagination and magical way with words? My images illustrate her quirky and spellbinding prose?
As you can imagine, my answer to this amazing offer was a resounding YES! And so, “Wing-Feather Fables” was born.
Twice each month, you will be treated to a modern-day fable. Lisa writes stories with a sense of wonder; tales full of secrets and hidden passageways. Her stories leave you wide-eyed with curiosity and in awe of her command of language.
If you aren’t a current fan of her blog, you should be. Her writings on motherhood, the creative process and the challenges of doing both are full of wisdom and hilarity.
In my wildest imaginings for 2012, I would never have summoned this wish – to join forces with Lisa and, together, create fairy tales.
I have struggled with fears that my photography was cold and lacked an emotional element that would connect with viewers. To know that Lisa sees something in my work, something that speaks to her artistic muse, is an incomparable gift. For my images to be the seed of her creativity is a precious responsibility, one that will inspire me in my photographic efforts.