Our times call for a sense of Spiritual Audacity*. The events unfolding all around us and the power of our communal striving for peace with justice - in our neighborhoods, our country, and around the world - demand that we reach for a depth of consciousness, compassion and love we may not yet have known. This is the call that begs to emerge from my camera.
I fell in love with the camera as a window into the soul of the subject before me and later discovered it was a reflection of my own soul as well. My first teachers were my desire to capture the color of light filtered through the leaves of summer trees, the innocent and open gaze of children, and the glint of determination in their eyes while playing.
A lifelong commitment to being an active participant in struggles for freedom and justice has taken me to the Middle East, South Africa and places where indigenous land and cultures are threatened. I am proud to be a member of the worldwide tribe of photographers who share these stories.
I spent two decades working as a sign language interpreter and performing artist, translating the poetry of songwriters and the drama of theater into American Sign Language. As one of the primary initiators of the bridge-building work of making social issues more widely accessible to deaf people through performance interpretation in concert halls and theaters, I learned the power of story telling to bring people together and to move hearts and minds. My photography is a natural extension of this work. The early seeds of this movement won recognition in the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, See What I Say.
I currently work as a consultant for nonprofits and philanthropies in fund development, communications and executive coaching. I am studying Somatic Coaching at the Strozzi Institute.
"No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen." - Minor White
*Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel is widely known for coining this phrase in the 1930's in Europe, and for teaching the concept as he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King.
Photo of Susan Freundlich ©Susan Wilson