The Essence of Photographic Reflections
I disrespect spirituality and religion. Funny thing, though, in the morning’s early hours, as I sit reading over my book, I am awash in feelings I can only describe as “spiritual.” Many of the photos take my breath away. But finally, it is the quotes that accompany the photos that transport me to a higher plain. For example…
Humanity doesn’t need more sharpness. We hunger for beauty, and meaning, for stories, and for love.
– Galen Rowell
If it makes you cry, it goes in the show.
– Annie Leibovitz
A camera teaches you how to see without a camera.
– Dorothea Lange
Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.
– Diane Arbus
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
– Mary Oliver, Poet
Rick: Have you ever thought about just throwing in the towel?
Gloria Steinem: You can’t throw in the towel because the towel is you.
The trusting relationship between those who govern and those who elect has been the hallmark of our compact for the past 25 years.
– Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
You are unplugged. It’s restorative; a pilgrimage.
– Scott, Hiker, Desolation Wilderness
We want to leave it (Desolation Wilderness) this way for a very, very long time. We want to pass it down.
Come here with respect, and love it.
– Liz Williamson, Forest Ranger
This is their temple,
And here we pause
with reverent eye.
– Joseph B. Strauss, Chief Engineer, the Golden Gate Bridge
Louis Armstrong expressed the feelings I couldn’t, and put me in touch with ones I didn’t know I had.
– Tom Greening, Psychologist
We don’t get nourished by food alone. We must have nutrition for the soul, and music is the medium for that.
– Samuel Chan, MD, Violinist
What I like about this sport is that it is not traditionally competitive. When you have a team of pole vaulters, they are so giddy and high, they just cheer each other on. It is so much fun, it overrides the competitiveness.
– Doug Sommers
On that day, the wind was so strong and the waves so high, it was like trying to sail your boat in a washing machine.
– Brad Webb, Crew, America’s Cup Racing Team
We’re all a bunch of alpha males. If you’re too nice, your guys will walk all over you, and if you’re too much of a fuckin’ dick, they won’t do shit for you. They’ll fuck you every time your back is turned. *
– Larry Lippert, Ironworker Supervisor
The building is like a flower, and the ironworkers are the water that make it grow. We’re thrill seekers. We love adrenalin.
The higher up you go, the better. It’s more exciting. The fear is always there.
– Jose Hernandez, Ironworker
Put the Chairs in a Circle and Let ‘er Rip!
– Rick Gilbert
Listening to others’ journeys helps me with my own. The secret is acceptance, trust, and understanding.
Being in this men’s group helps me appreciate the time I have left. We are all on the back nine.
– Ron Reynolds, 85
Our Zoom adventures are like a miracle happening in real time…a precious window into the past, a time now forever gone, like visiting a previous life, and revisiting friends you were once young with.
– Jim Hunolt
It is such a blessing to be a part of a large family that are all doing well. Being on the farm is almost a religious experience.
– Dan Flanagan
Our mortality is always at play and deserves our sharp attention if we are to really understand the value of this moment.
– Jim Hunolt
To Tim Garthwaite’s Three Grandchildren,
You may, someday, have children of your own.
Tell them about the great-grandfather
They should’ve known.
His mother danced
His father played violin.
His name was Tim.
A humanist, a poet, a musician
Who kept alive the family tradition.
In you there is some of him.
His name was Tim.
– From Rick’s eulogy for Tim
P.S. In me, there is some of Tim
So let us raise a glass to all those who gave us our first kiss.
– Robert Fish
Reactions to Photographic Reflections
“It’s aptly titled: every page is worthy of reflection. Just wonderful, artistic, and unique. It’s hard to put it down.”
– Melinda Henning
“It really flows and holds together and becomes one unified summary of a vibrant life, lived to the full—illustrated with words and photos that make it totally unique. Thank you for the gift of these insights. It cheers me to peruse it.
A+ (this is going on your permanent record!)”
– Brigitte Carnochan, Photographer
“Photographic Reflections is inspirational, beautifully done. It brings together so many people and past events to life. I shall cherish it.”
– Anna G. Eshoo, Member of Congress
“A book is a resting place for the memories of people who have lived before. A way for the memory to stay fixed after the soul has traveled on.”
– Anthony Doerr
“Photographic Reflections is a resting place for your memories that will stay fixed long after your soul has moved on.”
– Mark Shaw
“You have captured time, Rick. Your personal seen beauty along the way enriches us all.
Reading and re-reading your volume brings it all back, the beauty and the other. Bravo!”
– Jim Hunolt
“Touches all kinds of emotions. Laughs are frequent and heartwarming.”
– Nancy Gilliland
“A tour de force. The photos, the humor, and history are amazing. You have such special gifts.
Wish I had more of Rick in me.”
– Tom Crotty
If Sigmund Freud and Annie Leibovitz had a baby, it would be this book.
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