|Bangkok ©judith farber|
Traveling to remote lands in the
back of a moving vehicle with camera in hand has been liberating, and how
this love affair first began. Other than my children, life hasn't presented
itself with any other rewards that
come close to the purity of satisfaction I feel from this creative and
I feel fearless with a camera. Having
grown up extremely shy, the camera empowered me and I transformed. I could walk
into any event and talk to strangers. I met and photographed various musicians in
the 60's and 70's during and after a concert. None of this would be remotely
possible without this black box around my neck.
It's that powerful. It became my
security and my protector. It has the capacity to stop a moment in time that
never presents itself in that sameness. And when I've captured a moment, I am deeply
elated and extremely exhilarated.
This gratification is therapeutic. For
just around the corner is yet another hidden and exciting challenge that awakens
my soul, reminding me just how alive I am!
With so little time to capture the
slightest essence of a subject, I often concentrate on the eyes, where their
story is told. Who are these people? What kind of lives have they led? What are
their challenges, fears and joys?
|China ©judith farber|
When I capture the intimacy of a
subject's memory, their pain, their secrets, their dreams, their quests, I also
grow. I touch them in their loneliness, making sense of how deeply layered we
For it is not by mere chance or
accident that I am photographing all parts of myself.
Teaching site: SundaysInNY.com
all photos copyright judith farber
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