Hi, bon jour, hello, guten tag, how’re ya, bouno journo, I’m Jesus. Jesus Basuel, Laura’s photography assistant.
Laura has asked me to contribute this week’s blog post so here goes…
Laura and I met on her father’s Indie Feature film this past year, hit it off and now I’m helping her on her Photography Company. It’s been a pleasure — so far! LOL. But as Laura and I’ve gotten to be good friends, I anticipate many fruitful and fun times both on-and-off photo-shoot sets.
I’m reminded of something suddenly, tweaked by something Laura just said (she’s busy at the moment doing the three dozen To-Do’s we trudge through here at the office on a daily basis): “You have to be vulnerable, in your blog and in your photography.”
I couldn’t photograph my father’s death. My mother, flanked by dozens and dozens of family, had asked me to take some shots of us all, gathered around him on his hospice bed. She looked to me for strength and…I just could not do it.
I regret that now, I should have taken the opportunity–and it was a very good one, in many respects–but at that moment I had none of the strength everyone else desired from me.
It’s been a wonderfully kaleidoscopic forty-nine years of life on this Earth thus far; been an archeologist, a political advocate, a teacher in one of Oahu’s prisons, and, for the last twenty-odd years or so been a (published) writer (prose & screenplays), film-maker, producer & even some-time stage/film-TV actor in Seattle, WA., Vancouver, BC Canada, & here in Hawaii.
One never truly knows where one is heading–thus when Laura made that comment it struck home: we all have moments of clarity in times of stress, of crises; what Laura said has brought to mind that opportunities, chances, should be taken no matter the situation, both Good and Bad.
So, my first ever blog post for Laura Metzger Photography…mahalo for the quote, sentiment, & something to always keep ever in my heart & head mi hermana…
For vulnerability must be prevalent in our art.
CAUTION: EARWORM! (title refernce for those of you too young to remember Depeche Mode)