At Candela Books the docent gave us a little insider information on upcoming shows. The featured photographer for January 2017 will be Richmond's own Susan Worsham with her series of photographs, By The Grace Of God. Intrigued by the title, I immediately researched Susan's work and found her story and photographs, rooted in places of the South, compelling and engaging. I read interviews with Susan and bit by bit came to know her, and I like her already. She said something in one of these interviews that echoes my own thoughts so closely . . . I feel a kinship with her.
I believe in a higher power. I am not someone who goes to church all of the time, or even reads the bible all the time. It’s more of just this feeling inside, when I’m taking photographs. It’s following what’s in my heart. Now that I’m older…… Let me give you an example. I used to be in my car, or even out walking, and see something and say, “ Wow. That’s awesome. I’d love to take a photograph of that.” And I wouldn’t stop. Now it seems like I’m listening to myself more, and I’m stopping and taking the time to follow what just made me really excited. Why extinguish that and keep on driving? Why not go ahead and turn down that road, and then usually when I do, and I take out my camera, and I meet someone, it seems like I was supposed to turn down that road and look at this beautiful thing that happened. –Susan Worsham, A Photo Editor