I grew up around photography. It wasn't an exalted thing. My father, Joel Meyerowitz, took photos everywhere we went. While driving, he often would extend his camera across to the passenger window to take a photograph, sometimes grazing my nose or chin. We all carried cameras at some point. My sister, my mother and I, with my father in the lead. It was how we went through the world. It felt like a natural approach to life.
Over time my father shared with me many of his personal thoughts on photography. It wasn't technical information.He communicated how photography allowed him to interact with life, to see in life more than what's on the surface, and to appreciate its randomness and beauty. He still strives today to revise and reinvent how he sees the world.
I began photographing more seriously in 2001 in response to the irresistible display of color, light, and forms of the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado, one of the most dramatic places in the state. I created two bodies of work there that I am most proud of. I continue to photograph here in New York City.
I'll just say that I came to think of photography as an act of interruption. When our ordinary stream of thoughts gets interrupted from the outside by beauty or some other incident or from inside by a sudden shift in awareness, it creates a gap where appreciation can creep in. I hope my photographs provide that experience for viewers. I hope we all can take a moment to pause and appreciate the world around us.
Please reach out and let me know what you think.
Sincerely, Sasha Dorje
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