I’m sorry about this, but even though I have been out of the hospital for two months, I took a good long while recovering from my surgeries and I have been sluggish at getting back on track with my work. I feel like I’m still behind, panting to catch up.
So, I didn’t get any interview questions in to Nancy Bo Flood (I should have because she’s lived all over the world and is, I’m sure, a fascinating person—I hope I’ll be able to interview her later) or to Tony Kuyper, the man behind the photos in Sand to Stone and Back Again.
Nor did I get permission to post any of the photographs from the book on my blog. So I shall refrain.
But you can easily go over to Tony’s gallery and see his photos. They are amazing.
One of the reasons I love Sand to Stone and Back Again is that it shows me what I’ve been too busy to see. I’ve driven through the desert. I’ve seen stone formations. I’ve been in caves. But I haven’t really slowed down, not often enough, anyway, to see the beautiful pictures tucked away in the middle of the arid places. A good photographer moves around his subject until he finds the light and angle that will bring out the picture that will elicit emotion when it is viewed later. He forces the world into the background and pulls forward the subject that moves him. In one sense he lets the big picture go, so we can see the tree without being distracted by the forest. So we can forget about the hustle and bustle and revel in the moment.
Go to this page, and drink in that picture for a minute, and read the blurb below it, and then tell me Mr. Kuyper is not a poet in his own right. I warn you, though, start clicking on those pictures and you’ll be there for a good long time. Also, some of you may not thank me for this…but…you can buy prints or cards with his photos on them.
OK, on that happy note, I’ll leave you to it. I know once you click over to Tony’s site I’ll have lost you, anyway.