Humans are made to both crave and create beauty. As a photographer, I am a beauty-hunter. I capture a moment’s appearance, slowing down time’s progression of the subject, giving thanks for the exact moment seized by the blink of a lens. The scene is then preserved indefinitely, shared in the future, regardless of the decay that time may bring to the actual person or place.
Photography, both natural and digitally-altered, allows me to clearly consider a moment, a location, a person, for what it is; it creates an opportunity to imagine that moment’s possibilities in the future. By examining the outside of a scene in a snapshot, I’m allowed to dig beyond what meets the eye, excavating through the surface into the emotions of the scene. Each shot is a chance to be grateful in the present, passionately pursuing the truth, beauty, and goodness for which every human yearns.
Delving beyond the beauty, my photos aim to capture a sense of the extreme. My favorite shots include vast landscapes of majestic mountains, or conversely, crumbling canyons. Others feature intense close-ups: eyes of an amphibian, the delicate fingers of a woman dying, or gossamer petals. I also give attention to extremes in lighting and colors, adjusting contrast digitally to capture a moment’s emotion, yet respecting nature’s integrity. Throughout the photos, whatever the extreme, note glimpses of a recurring theme: “life is a journey,” symbolized with paths and walkways, representing my own personal passage, both as a human and an artist.
Mrs. Marie K. MacPherson, vice president of Into Your Hands LLC, lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband Ryan and their children, whom she homeschools. She is a certified Classical Lutheran Educator (Consortium for Classical Lutheran Educators), author of Meditations on the Vocation of Motherhood (2018), and editor of Mothering Many: Sanity-Saving Strategies from Moms of Four or More (2016).