Susan Licht - A Bright Spot in the Otherwise Dark Woods
What/who inspires you?
So many things! I don't really specialize in one type of photography so I'm open to all kinds of inspiration - art, nature, literature, movies, music. I also spend a lot of time pouring over other photographer's work. They are perhaps the biggest inspiration to me.
How has the process of seeking beauty changed you?
After going through some very rough patches in the past, it has saved my life. I needed to remind myself that despite the dark days, beauty does still exist. The seeking and capturing of beauty has become both my creative outlet and my form of therapy.
Describe a moment when you were in the presence of beauty. How did you find your subject?
After a particularly stressful day, I grabbed my camera and headed for the woods near my home, hoping to find some inspiration. I walked for miles, snapping random things but I just wasn't "feeling it." As I turned for home, I spotted a little red glow in the distance, a bright spot in the otherwise dark woods. A little Japanese Maple leaf had fallen on an old charred log and the sunlight was hitting it just right. Serendipity! It was a gift and it made my day.
What is beauty?
I don't believe there is one universal definition of beauty. For me, beauty is something that stops me in my tracks, evokes a feeling, an emotion, a mood or even a memory. Something that touches one's soul.
Susan Licht is a photographer from Boston. Her blog is Licht Years.