We were encouraged to share a particular photo with Redroom for this month. The one I've chosen is not only good photography, but represents my view of winter, and of life. I do all of my own professional photography, both for personal enjoyment and for the covers of my books. My father, Major Philip M. Steen, of Military Intelligence during and after WWI and Korea, influenced my cravings for creating and gave me my first camera.
I'm not sure he'd like the new electronics as a means of developing his work. His personal photographs he developed himself. And colored them if desired. I remember one of the darkrooms from over the years was in a small house in Germany in 1947... It was under the stairs in the only spot available. At age four, I learned early the excitement of watching the special paper slowly disclose its secrets to Daddy, and to me, as the liquid solution turned the blank white paper into a combination of lines and shapes. In those days, we never knew if the photograph would be a good one or not until it was developed. Perhaps developing photos can be compared to the human processes in life: the paper is existence of the soul, the lines and shapes developing on the soul created by the choices for good or bad, the final photo holding all the secrets of a man's life.
This Wint'ry scene was taken in 2007, a winter when Libby, Montana, received twelve feet of snow. Most of it arrived in late October and remained or was added to until after May of 2008. The mountain in the background is Treasure Mountain, a northern boundary for the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness area in the Kootenai National Forest, the mountain also visible from my bed every day although from a different angle. Impoverished, I live in low-income apartments yet had a view for which people pay millions. Even during bedridden days, this mountain gave me strength and many inspirations for my writings.
Causes Lynn Steen Supports
The Slumcode Group, a Community Based Organization, located in the heart of Huruma, a densely populated residential town in Nairobi - Kenya...