Since my last post, I’ve grown into a phase that I can best characterize as emergence. The amazing springtime weather in East Tennessee has helped tremendously. Work has been a great help too. I’m privileged to be able to work from home and I’ve been busy with several technical writing projects. It’s rewarding to be a contributor, even if the contributions are relatively small and they come from the confines of my computer keyboard.

As helpful as the weather and work have been, my emergence gained real momentum only after I forced myself to create something. Since the pandemic took a solid foothold, I’ve been struggling to do something with my camera. Not good. My efforts to create new images were half-hearted and I readily succumbed to the little voice in my head telling me to give up. It’s the same voice that tells me to stay in a warm bed on a cold rainy morning when I must get up. I really hate that little voice.

About a week ago, I decided to force the issue. I was going to use my camera even if I had to whip myself to do it. When the little voice told me to give up, I forced myself back into the ring to fight it out. It was painful. It would have been so easy to give up and get back into that warm bed, but slowly, little by little, snippets of beauty emerged before me. Happily, the creative process eventually got the upper hand over the little voice. I tackled two small projects: one involved the emptiness of public places (inspired be my buddies Dan and Brian), and the other involved the exploration of flowers (inspired by my buddies Sue and Elaine).

OK, I’ll grant you that both subjects are kind of obvious. There are countless photographers at this moment using their lenses to explore empty places and flowers. But subjects are one thing, how you approach them is another. The power of creation comes from approaching a subject in a way that feels different and original when you’re doing it. It’s that simple. And it reminds me how important the simple act of creation is for me. I need to constantly be involved in the creation of something that wouldn’t exist without me. Without that, I’m nothing.

I hope your emergence continues too! As it does, here are some flower images for you to enjoy. I created color and sepia versions of each for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think!


  1. Love getting your emails anyway, but this “emergence” letter with the images was beautiful to see today. I love the textures of the black and white and the soft lovely colors in the others.

    Thank you, stay safe and be well, Ann Barber ________________________________

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  2. Lovely, Stevie. What an amazing combination of intimacy and abstract.

    We’ve been scrambling to settled into our new lifestyle for months now so creativity has been entirely back-burnered. But I’m seeing just a little bit of space to do my own emergence now. Thanks for the inspiration! Might be just the kick in the ass I need to pick up the camera again.

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  3. Thank you, Val! Always love hearing from you. Glad you like the images. I can’t remember where you’ve landed, but I think about you a lot. The terms “nomad” and “shelter-in-place” are oxymorons, so I hope you’re hanging in there! Now get that camera out to document the experience. Hugs!


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