“Transported.” I am struck by how often this word is used by people who have enjoyed my photography. I am thrilled to report that most recently the hospital in Jackson Hole, Wyoming approved hanging 5 of my images for an installation that will be on permanent display in their hospital! The Medical Center and the Art Committee based their review of all artworks on nationally established evidence-based criteria – which included depictions of healthy plants and animals, vibrant colors, recognizable imagery, etc. This image of a buffalo was one of the photographs they chose.
The Director of Jackson Hole Public Art, who connected me with the Hospital Patient Services Coordinator, wrote me a letter, which ended with the following:
“Thank you for your thoughtful outreach and your generous approach to sharing your work. I enjoyed seeing your images, they are vibrant and refreshing and they do transport you.”
What a powerful word and an even more powerful effect.
As I mentioned, this is not the first time someone has told me that my photography transported them. The word transport is derived from “Trans” = across and “Portare” = carry. As I started to think more about the variations of the word “transported” I have come to understand that people want to be emotionally moved, whether it’s through a photograph, a movie, a song, a poem or any other art form. Having the ability to “carry” people to more pleasurable places is yet another unexpected gift I continue to receive. I feel so blessed.
T.L. Wilson (formerly Terry Wise) has lived through a myriad of personal and professional lives, each of which has led her to the same place, with the same purpose: to provide hope and inspiration to others. Terry is the author of Waking Up: Climbing Through the Darkness, a book that offers a road map to emotional health to people who are faced with a diversity of life’s challenges (grief, depression, suicidality). Terry served on the boards of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the American Association of Suicidology and spent a decade delivering keynote speeches in every state in the United States. After happily re-marrying in 2010, Terry wrote a novel, Viewer Indiscretion, penned under the name T.L. Wilson. Terry’s most recent endeavor as a photographer is to capture and share the beauty of the world around us through a different lens—a camera lens. It is her belief that recovery from mental health challenges is achieved incrementally and it is her hope that each image will provide doses of joy to the eye and warmth to the heart. Her mission is to make the world a better place one book at a time, one word at a time and now…one photograph at a time. To view more images, please visit www.ChangingFocusPhotography.com