. . . it was good to get a reminder, from Pope Francis in his New Year’s Eve homily, that the people who have the most influence on society are actually the normal folks, through their normal, everyday gestures being kind in public places, attentive to the elderly. The pope called such people, in a beautiful phrase, “the artisans of the common good.”
Small deeds, he said, “express concretely love for the city … without giving speeches, without publicity, but with a style of practical civic education for daily life.”
I believe that photography is one way we can express concretely our love for the world.
The life blood of photography is a kind of holy curiosity, where life is viewed with reverence and awe and some measure of understanding as to the transience of it all.
I love the quote by Nicholas Nixon in which he refers to taking a picture this way . . . it’s not about grabbing the moment, it’s about dancing with the moment, collaborating with the moment. This respect for the subject, this kindness, is surely a style of practical civil education for daily life.
I am delighted by the notion that I am potentially an artisan for the common good, and it seems worthy to strive in this way.