Piece description from the artist
There are few moments in a day where one can truly be mindful and present. Though this sunset in the Florida Keys was certainly glorious, it was the focus of a gathering of friends that attracted me. They shared the experience together, but the moment of serenity was their own. And now, every time I view this image, it does for me what the the sunset did for them…
"A good photographer must love life more than he does photography." -Joel Strasser
Lynne Kaplan thanks her dad for developing her interest in photography with his after-dinner slideshows. At the end of each one, when her brothers would say, "Great," Lynne would say, "More!" She found herself enamored by a photograph's power to freeze a moment in time, tell a story, evoke emotion, and express an aesthetic. It was that early revelation that turned Lynne into a "passion-clicker" who yearns to capture the fabric of life. A self-taught photographer, she creates work that ranges from nuanced to in-your-face, from simplistic to grand; and often sprinkles it with humor, sentiment, and social commentary.
Lynne's friends and family frequently tell her to put her camera down and enjoy the moment. What they don't realize is that when she’s holding her camera she's immersed in the moment. Seeing the world through a lens encourages her to notice the artistry of even the most mundane places and the poetry of everyday experience. It's her way of stopping to smell the roses.