My background is in the cultural scene (art, poetry, tv etc) working mostly with music (but, oh, I have done my share flippin' burgers, cleaning offices/airports, waiting tables and barmaiding too...). After a severe stroke, post partum, my brain became sensitive; now I am suffering from fatigue and short-term memory loss etc. When I started working again it became clear that the only thing my brain coped with was pictures: watching, taking or working with images (to photograph is also a self imposed way of minimize interactions with others, a lifesafer for a tired soul still loving/interested in people).
My father, an amateur photographer and geologist, who never really bothered about us kids having things to play with at his place, left me with stacks of MAD and photography magazines. I deeply thank him for my unintentional art photography homeschooling today (and a weird/lousy sense of humor...).
I understand the complexity surrounding photography, but as I find the use of mobile devices, art democracy - in many ways a means of democratization of the artistic expression (I love that!), I also notice that the screens tend to shield/isolate us from each other. "The now" is always somewhere else.
To be able to see and document the beautiful (and absurd) in this sad, fragile world we live in keeps me going/searching.