Mary Oliver, American Poet
This week I received a wonderful email from a Tumblr follower who shared his thoughts on my photography. John wrote,
"I was so delighted to come across your work on Tumblr. I think you are the Mary Oliver of photography…Your connection to Mary Oliver is pretty easy to find (to me, at least). Some of it is a feeling one gets when seeing or reading. Some has to do with turning. A good poem has a line which turns it, a bit like suddenly opening a window. Your pictures have some of that quality in that, like Mary’s work, the turn is usually the juxtaposition of the natural world with the human. They come together in an unusual way that gives you pause."
Though Mary Oliver is a Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, to be honest I wasn’t familiar with her work. Perhaps I should be embarrassed to admit to this, but rather I’m excited to have been introduced to it. I doubt if I’ll ever tire of hearing her read "Wild Geese."
Thank you John for reaching out. I’m truly thankful for the gift you’ve given me and your all too kind words.