Insights and Stories

Where abstract photos tell me what to write.


"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear." -- Joan Didion, essay "Why I write" originally published in "The New York Times Book Review"


I write so I can stall that annoying task of empyting the dishwasher.

My philosophy is that if I'm writing, I can ignore unloading the dishwasher. For a bit, at least. And since you are reading, let's be honest. Your dishwasher isn't getting unloaded anytime soon either. But a to-do list is so overrated. Let’s embark together on an avoidance of those things for a few minutes. You deserve a break from reality.

Joan Didion's quote resonates for me. Confession. I don't always have the "I'm looking at this because" answer when I see an abstract to photograph. Sometimes it takes me a long time of studying. But invariably, if I sit down to brainstorm and write, the epiphanies flow.

Come with me on the journey as I ponder the meaning of life over my abstract photos. Some might be a bit blurred, like you’ve been rubbing your eyes too much. Some might be as sharp as a needle, reminding you of a nurse trying to jab you. There’ll be epic moments. Laughs. Everything you need to get a break from reality and then give you the energy to bounce back and get at living again.

Who knows, maybe you'll find that perfect piece of abstract wall art that is your artwork soulmate. It's happened before. Ah, love at first site. I'm a believer.

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