I’m Thankful For The Stories

November 27, 2011

Isn’t it beautiful?

I’ll remember opening this package for a long time. It’s so fitting that it arrived on the day after Thanksgiving. The premiere print issue of Rear Curtain is a delight to hold and read and linger over and it contains — I can hardly believe it — my photo essay on my talented friend Catherine DeCuir. So much to be thankful for.

Rear Curtain, in both its online and print versions, is a gift to visual storytellers from the minds and hearts of Ray Ketcham, Matthew Connors, and Sabrina Henry. They believe that photographs, through the stories they tell, have the power to connect people by demonstrating just how much we have in common as human beings. This issue features stories that are thought-provoking, moving, encouraging, and fascinating — stories that have something to teach all of us, no matter where in the world we might live. And Mark Krajnak can suggest an entire shadowy world in one evocative black-and-white image.

But even more than sharing compelling visual stories, Rear Curtain is dedicated to educating photographers in the art and craft of storytelling with images. This inaugural issue includes photo essays from documentary photographer Stephen Urhaney and travel photographer Gavin Gough that show us the form at its best. Then interviews give us a glimpse into their process. It’s a very accessible and effective way to learn. Another essay by Brian Hirschy, who lives in China, reminds us that understanding and appreciating our own culture is key to an authentic experience of a different one.

Visual storytelling as a means of making the world a better place? It’s a big idea, but one best articulated in small stories. Often those pieces that are individual, specific, and personal are the ones that speak most eloquently of what we share as human beings. I love the small stories.

And I love holding this magazine in my hands. I am reminded that my very first post on this blog was titled Why Prints Matter. I have read many of these essays online, but seeing them on the printed page changes my experience of them. It’s slower, richer. And seeing my own essay on these pages? As the saying goes . . . priceless.

So . . . thank you to everyone listed above. I’m honored to be in your company. And thank you especially to the talented and generous Catherine for letting me tag along. You inspire me and now, perhaps, many others.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for such a wonderful review, Dorothy. It motivates us to keep doing what we are doing and to do an even better job. And I have to agree with you, there is nothing quite like receiving the print version in the mail, opening it up, and seeing the stories come to life on the page.

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