Lukie and Neutrality
There is no rehearsal before the grand opening of our lives. We are
thrown into the world as if we are catapulted onto a stage. The curtain
rises, and the public is right there. No more time
to practice our lines. We must react instantly. During the course of
the play we find out who we are, and we build our own character, layer
upon layer through trial and error. We make it a tragedy or a comedy and
everything in between. It’s up to us. As the play of our life
progresses it requires several major changes, and every single choice we
make always comes with a price. Sometimes I wonder about my choices.
Would I enjoy my life more if I wasn’t on a quest of making a
contribution to this world? Sometimes it seems so futile and pointless.
Then I get messages from everywhere explaining how my images have
touched lives, and how they go beyond dog photography. I am told my work
is about gratitude, grace and beauty, that it has so much humanity and
extraordinary meaning, “like a mirror that shows us our own reflection”.
Last Friday Rachel Jarvis commissioned me to photograph her dogs, all rescued, dogs that nobody wanted, dogs that were going to be euthanized. With these little guys her house is filled with life and love that is so palpable and touching. It makes me think of a quote about Neutrality: “If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
We only can do what we can do, but a life of neutrality is not an option.
Thank you Eileen Whitfield, Penny McCarthy, Rachel Jarvis and all of you for your support.
You inspire me to keep doing more.
- Frank Bruynbroek