Curated Photostream | August 28, 2017 | Amy Jasek

"Por una mirada, un mundo; / por una sonrisa, un cielo;"  . . . 

(For a look, the world / For a smile, the sky)

-- Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

A lifetime ago, two friends of mine taught me this poem over beers and a game of pool at a college bar, and it's one of the few pieces of Spanish that I've managed to remember (the English translation is also from them).  They were so happily passionate about these words - possibly they were both hitting on me at the time - but when I think about them, I don't think about the bar, or the night, or their motivation; I think about the sky.  The sky is passion.  That passion, like any other, can bring joy and pain:  over the last few days, it has brought fury to the piece of land I call my home, a fury borne of wind and pressure and complicated meteorological processes.  May these images bring a little happiness, and thoughts of brighter days to all those currently under water.


Every week the FSC features a Curated Photostream that is open to all.  You may only submit one (1) photo and it *must* be a jpeg file and no larger than 20 MB. Please title the file "Title_Camera_Film_YourName.jpg" so that we may properly credit you if your photo is selected.  

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Amy Jasek

Photography is a family tradition. I was raised in the darkroom, and on the fine art work of photographers like Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, and Ansel Adams. My father took me photographing with him regularly and taught me how to look at light. He gave me my first camera (an Olympus RC); I made my first black and white print (standing on a stool!) at the age of 7. There are some gaps in the timeline of my photographic journey, enforced upon it by life in general, but film and cameras are one of the few things that have remained constant every step of the way. For me, photography is all about moments and truth. I like to work in black and white so that I can highlight those two things. The truth, form, and simplicity of the moment is presented; I feel that removing the color from the scene brings these things out. I believe street photography is a little window into the heart and soul of a place, a time, and the people in it. These days I tend more toward street portraits and interaction with my subjects, but my drive for capturing the candid moment remains the same.