One True Sentence

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know. — Ernest Hemingway

There is something about autumn that motivates me. Perhaps the fact that my creative self is most vital when nature is decaying should concern me, but there’s something inspirational in the transition, in the natural redirection of energy from growth and abundance to sustenance and survival. After a long personal growing season, the time has come to harvest a crop of creativity in the form of my new photography series, One True Sentence.

One True Sentence combines my desire to practice and hone my (currently limited) photography skills with my love for words and storytelling. The current focus of the project is my journey as a new mother through foster parenting told one photo, one sentence at a time. While I hope there are people out there who will enjoy my photos and connect with my story, my main desire is for this to be a project of honesty, creativity, love, and experimentation.

I’ve wanted to do a photography project ever since I discovered Tammy Strobel’s My Morning View. Tammy’s photography is stunning, inventive, and inspirational. My photography? Not so much. Not yet. Months passed as I could not think of anything original, anything ‘me’ enough to turn into a photography series. Finally, my mind machine churned out the perfect-for-me idea. Then I had to wait to begin for a couple more weeks until I was finished telling myself that I was not nearly good enough at capturing images to even think about doing such a project. Now, I am ready.

Beginning today, I will post photo each day on the Parrot & Ox Facebook page. If you want to follow the project on a daily basis, visit the page and give it a ‘like’. If you don’t use Facebook or would rather not like yet another page, do not fret. Each Sunday, I will post the previous week’s photos here on this site. I hope you enjoy this project at least half as much as I do. And, if you know any foster parents, please feel free to share this with them (and introduce them to me!) so they know they are not alone.

The first sentence.

2 responses to “One True Sentence

  1. I absolutely love your idea and cannot wait to follow your daily inspiration. I just signed up for an intermediate level online photography class with an amazing photographer Joy Sussman. I took her beginning class earlier this year. I learned SO much and it was very interactive with lots of great personal feedback and input from Joy and the class. This next class is beginning Nov 3 and runs daily for 21 days. You would love it and it will take your photos to the next level. If you are interested let me know and I will give you and link and connect you with Joy.

  2. Thank you so much! I would love the link and to be connected with Joy. I really want my photos to improve throughout this journey, so I’d love to learn more about her courses. Thank you!

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