Like poetry, photographs can speak to us in a language of the heart. We long to see life unbound, to raise the veil and peer into the dark places where meaning awaits us. Thanks to everyone in the Your Shot community, we have here many such images, from a great outpouring of insight.
It has been a delight to see this story emerge as pictures asserted their profound visions of transition. I knew, of course, that this assignment would be difficult, that it would tax everyone’s ability to make pictures about that most ephemeral quality of transformation in the moment. But the rewards have been stunning. From the baby reaching for the light by Tomasz Solinski to the chilling cat approaching the fallen bird by Rie Komoto, it was clear that these would not be ordinary nice pictures. Such was also the case with Bart Veltkamp’s loving picture of the burial of his dog, Ferdo, covered with roses! And then there were the wrenchingly beautiful images of life on the wane (redolent of loss, regret, and acceptance) by Karen Burke and Julia Cumes. They touched my heart.
Then, too, here were images that spoke to me in ways that reason cannot justify but that are the essence of pure thought, untranslatable into mere words. I can think of many, but Paolo Lazzarotti and Sharbeen Sarash each used water to imply mystery. These are images that reach deep and invite us to be still.