Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: I Choose Steve

I am the joy in change and movement. — Steve

The Lens-Artists photography group is celebrating their first anniversary. Hosts Tina, Amy, Patti, and Ann-Christine have invited us to choose our favorite photo subject. They chose Friendship, Connection, Imagination, and Discovery as the themes for their respective posts. I have chosen Steve, an undeniable person in my life who has taught me much about friendship, connection, imagination and discovery during the ten years we’ve known each other.

I really do grapple with the balance between these two elements of my consciousness, the thinker and the feeler, the heart and the head. The dance between the two is where good work is done. –Steve (forthelastwolverine.com)

Steve is the owner of Scholar and Poet Books, an online bookstore with listings on Amazon, eBay, A Libris, and ABE Books.

He is an English major, a philosopher, an anthropologist, an environmentalist, a musician, a conversationalist, a film fan, a student and teacher of spiritual psychology, a practitioner of Buddhism, a brother, a son, my housemate, and my friend.

He comes from Polish-German stock and thinks of himself as Slavic and moody.

There are three ideas that I make sure to spend time with every day. If pressed to reduce these ideas to a single word each, I might pick WILD, BEAUTY and ENOUGH. — Steve (forthelastwolverine.com)

I have photographed Steve over the last ten years from many different perspectives. In the span of that time, we’ve related as co-workers, trail buddies, string quartet members, lovers, exes, best friends, classmates, tent mates, housemates, and temporary step-parents to a fur baby named Pinkle.

We share so many memories. (Well, maybe not. My memory is much better than his.) And I have SO many photos. Several albums worth…that aren’t in albums yet. There could be a Steve’s Trail Shot Album, full of photos taken while we were out exploring somewhere. This would be the biggest album.

There could be an album’s worth of photos that might be called Black & White Author Headshots.

There could be a small album of Sleeping Steve…

And Couple Selfies…

And goofy Leftovers.

Here’s what I’ve learned: once you choose to let someone into your life, into your camera, there is so much to know about that person. That choice can have a lasting impact on you and your photo files. 

Choose wisely, friends. And choose friends wisely. I think Steve’s been an excellent choice as a photo subject…and a friend. 

25 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: I Choose Steve

  1. Priscilla, you are one lucky woman and Steve is one lucky guy! A great choice for the challenge, absolutely loved your images. Every one of them shows tremendous caring of so many kinds. Really nicely done

  2. Thank you, Priscilla for this special post about Steve. Perfect choice for this week’s challenge. These photos are well captured and precious.

  3. Steve seems like an awesome guy and my fav pics (hard to choose) are the bed one – snoozing – and the one in chair with books behind him – whispers of his scholar side and the whole photo is rich
    And thanks for the quote:

    Choose wisely, friends. And choose friends wisely.

  4. the b & w in the armchair with the books stands out as a photo, but it is the collection as a whole that touches deepest. Wild, beautiful and now enough.

  5. Hi, Priscilla. I totally enjoyed your post and tribute to Steve! It’s true what you say–we choose to let someone into our lives and if we are lucky and we choose well, our lives are forever enriched. I am sure he could create another post in tribute to you! Thank you for joining us this week. I’m still smiling as I think about your post. 🙂

  6. Back from Iceland – and wow what a lovely post and tribute to Steve! He must be a wonderful man – and you certainly are a great woman! Thank you for support, lovely images and thoughtful words – always. Send an extra hug to Steve!

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