Kathleen's Letter and the Power of Communication- Project of the Feminine

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Kathleen's contribution to the project was a beautiful letter written by her father to her mother and herself as a small child...rich with tenderness and love.

I have had this letter these last 2 months forwarded to me by Maya...In that time I have been packing,moving house and getting settled into new surroundings and taking a break.I only recently returned to JPG after a month's break but during that time as I was unpacking I remembered I had safely stored her letter so I found it and reread the words waiting for the right moment to photograph that connection across an ocean..In my absence from JPG Kathleen and I emailed each other a couple of times just to say hi but not discussing our lives..just a quick email to let a friend know you are thinking of them..so we hadn't really spoken. I had logged onto JPG a few times to answer emails but not really looking at anyone's work but chanced upon her recent landscapes when I returned.Everyone thought the new work of hers was so peaceful but I thought them filled with an overwhelming emptiness..a sadness or sense of loss as if it was a reflection of what she was feeling..I didn't want to comment as they seemed so intensely personal and private. I didn't know what was going on in her life but I held that feeling so strong that it touched me...that sense that she felt so alone and sad. We hadn't spoken but the power of communication either by letter,email or images is often so strong that it communicates that which we often cannot speak of...I intended to wait until the time was right to use her letter in an image and it seemed appropriate to acknowledge what I sensed from her and her images..No words were spoken nor were they needed...

All I had to do was hold her beloved letter.

For you grogeous xoxox

P.S. I did upload it and thought I had cancelled it. My intention was to upload a larger version but Kathleen was too quick for me with spotlight :)

A big thank you also to Nelson Campbell for the spotlight

A warm thank you to Claude Tomas for feeling this image and the spotlight

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