Aristotle called contemplation, "the highest form of human activity." If we contemplate we can come to an understanding, not only about what we see, but about who we are.
In photography, I contemplate what I see and work to present it in its best possible light. I do this to awaken beauty where it isn't always seen so that it helps us find that same beauty in ourselves. I approach it from the perspective of our worth and of what we can achieve. I approach it with the natural beauty of the world in mind and that includes each and every one of us. We don't always feel this way about ourself and that's understandable, but in every moment you matter. In every moment you have a gift that you give to your family, your pets, your community, to the plants and flowers and to the birds that you feed. You are meant to be here and you mean something at home and in your work.
I mostly take photos of rock. People love to pick up rocks, to put one or two or more in their pocket but we can also take them for granted and some might not see beauty in them at all. Rocks are our very foundation. Through their strength and vulnerability (especially shale rock0, they point to our strength and vulnerability. It is in this vulnerability that we realize that it's not about being perfect. It's about being human and in our humanness, it's about being the best version of ourselves moment to moment to moment.
My images are reminders of our worth. They are a reminder of your worth. I appreciate you. I appreciate the Earth and I appreciate the rocks that pose for me whenever I invite them into my world. I love that I get to share them with you.
Cheryl Hassen is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. She is co-owner of Hassen Hall gallery in Nova Scotia.
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