in 2008, i entered six photos in the american greetings spring fine art show. i was thrilled when three were accepted. this is a picture of me looking my photographs in the gallery at the opening reception.
after my photos were in the show, i was invited to lunch and asked to work on ideas that combined my newfound passion for photography with my lifelong love of words. for inspiration, the director of editorial interviewed me about all the things that make me feel creative and connected as a writer and photographer. this was my response when asked to describe my creative vision in 10 words.
i didn’t know it, but the idea for cadence was born before i left that lunch. i kept coming back to this question at the top of my meeting notes: what if i lay it all on the line? i decided to write cadence with the same openness and honesty as the pages of my journals.
which came first, the photos or the words? sometimes the words, sometimes the photos. i took thousands of photographs for the collection, but some of the images in cadence were taken in extraordinarily beautiful everyday moments of my life long before i knew they’d end up on cards. here i am photographing my favorite tree. my friend pam took this picture of me and also the one of me sitting in the tree at the top of the page.
one of my favorite cards in cadence is the birthday card about seashells being kindred spirits. it was one of the first cards i wrote for the line, and this is the notebook page where I tried to flush out the idea. i very rarely compose anything on the computer. Instead, I write everything in longhand and then type them. I love the feel of my pen moving across paper. It helps me find the right rhythm for my words. It helps me find the cadence of the card.
i can’t help but see beauty everywhere i look, so much so that i’m always snapping pictures, even when i’m without my camera and they’re only in my mind. finding this old journal entry reminded me that it hasn’t always been that way. sometimes i forget the sadness from that time because trees and painted skies now make me feel so full that it takes my breath away.
why the name cadence? each new year, i pick a word to help me set the tone for the next 12 months. for the past four years i’ve chosen cadence because of its meaning and my desire for a steadier rhythm to my days, my life, my writing. i love the word cadence. i love its meaning, the way it feels when i say it, and how it sounds. it was the only name i ever considered.