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touch of an angel's wing

This is one of the many nature studies Kiota created, one of her first at college Freshman year.

Carol Joyce Jerrems is an Australian photographer who had a short carer of only fifteen years or so; at 22 she said "The society is sick and I must help it. I don't want to exploit people. I care about them. I'd like to help them, if I could, through my photographs." The year before she died she worked on the 1979 indie film "In Search of Anna." Today Carol's mainly remembered for her 1975 semi-nude study of Catriona Brown, titled "Vale Street."

Sally Mann is an American photographer who at 20 created "The Dream Sequence" showing ghostly images, one is a young girl in a white gown being surrounded by others in black. When she became a mom she started taking photos of her children, published in "Immediate Family" in 1992. Sally commented "at times it is difficult to say exactly who makes the pictures. Some are gifts to me from my children -- gifts that come in a moment as fleeting as the touch of an angel's wing. I pray for that angel to come to us... these photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future."

Kiota, just that fleeting and with just that touch, loves Sally Mann and especially that book, which she was given as a Hanukkah gift in 2007. "When I grow up I want to take pictures exactly like Sally Mann," she journaled. More nearly, at 19 in the Summer of 2008 "I hope to travel to Cambodia, ...to do street/documentary photography." I want to help "get children off the streets and away from drugs and prostitution, and more. I plan to exhibit and sell my photography, and thus raise awareness of human rights abuses and the poverty in Cambodia... I'm planning on pursuing a career in photography and social work, so this opportunity is perfect for me."

Caring and helping with her heart tracking with Carol's.
Opening doors into the past and toward the future, as with Sally.

This weekend we're measuring four years since the night Ki left us.

However she first arrived in each of our lives, and what she meant then, if we wanted to keep her close she asked us to do that. In whatever ways were vital and heartfelt to each one of us. As many different ways as Friends.

Her trip to Cambodia and her art there would never happen, but she left many photographs for us, as well as her written work. If we choose, we can take them into our heart and into our futures, though she won't ever be making new ones in our mortal world. Gothicotter created a memorial journal under her username, KIOTA, which has links you can follow, as you wish.

Susie Post, on the National Geographic photo staff, says "I wanted my work and my heart to be in the same place."

I think Ki achieved that. Not once or twice, but many times.
And continues to.
Including the love reflected in her work.

"Photography" literally means "writing with light."
Light, of course, is endless and non-mortal.
Ki kept on making photographs and expanding her portfolios right into her last days here.
And caring about survivors and counseling them.

Ki is a gift.
A gift of the touch of light.
The touch and whirr of an angel's wing. Many endless melodies.
Light of course is endless.

Blessings Be.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 12th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
I still miss seeing her posts pop up.
Apr. 13th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
As do I. The new ones.
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Apr. 13th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
Where she is now, all time is the same time. It's just here that we count these years... for her, the peace also.
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Oct. 31st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the compliment! And, also, thanks for the link.
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