07/04/12"Dear Katarina Fagerstrom Levring –
Firstly, I would like to thank you for signing up for our e-newsletters. We issue them 3-5 times a year and the next one will be coming out sometime during the first half of December.
Secondly, I just want to say what a wonderful experience it has been for me to discover your work. When I receive notification of new subscribers, I customarily Google the names to see if I can learn something about them and what might have led them to our website. Since perusing your own site, I have become entranced with your imagery. Your photographs of flowers are some of the loveliest and most richly meaningful I have seen. Instead of merely recording beautiful objects, your images convey the qualities of light and energy and movement of wondrous life forms – the essence of aliveness, the dynamic forces of being and becoming that all of existence shares. Often literal depictions set up a sense of separation. They focus one’s attention on the “other” and the differences the other represents. They can stimulate admiration, even reverence and connection. But they don’t offer a sense of intimate, flowing mutuality and the invitation to awareness that “this is also who I am”. Your more abstract, impressionistic images do both.
In addition to your imagery, I am also very moved by the “article” about yourself and your life. It is an amazing saga of life-threatening hardship and struggle as well as life-affirming change. You tell it simply and with remarkable acceptance and perspective. The Seneca (a Native American tribe belonging to the Iroquois Nation) have a word for the spiritual essence of all life forms. It is “Orenda” or the “eternal flame of love”. It seems to me that your inner flame is a very strong one. It has helped you survive enormous challenges and lead you to a place where it – you – can begin to thrive. Realizing that a person can develop his or her own sensibilities, that one has choices and the power to exercise them, is such a blessing. It is the growing awareness and understanding of oneself and the worlds within and around that make the creation of images like yours possible. It is really an interactive process, isn’t it? It is the empathic connections we are able to form that allow us to open to and learn from life and then to express those learnings creatively. The empathy and discoveries each nourish the other as the creative journey continues.
I am curious what connected you to our website and my father’s photography. Have you known about him for some time or is he new to you? I see a deep affinity between your work and his, and I would love to learn more about the thoughts and feelings you have in relation to him.
Looking forward to the prospect of hearing from you –
With esteem and best wishes,
Copyright 2011 by Barbara Bullock-Wilson
Barbara Bullock-Wilson, Managing Member
Bullock Family Photography LLC
I have since then gone through my images and choosen those I feel have a clear connection to Bullocks work, although I didn`t know of him in 2009-2010.
I am now (in April 2012) preparing to write and publish a book on Blurb, where I will give my reflections on Bullocks imagery and how it has made a tremendous impact on me since I was introduced to it by his daughter, Barbara Bullock-Wilson:)