Claire Yaffa: Thoughts of Photographers for Philosophers, Poets and Dreamers, Chapter 18

Claire Yaffa took her first photograph 45 years ago when her son was 18 months old and it was the beginning of her journey, first as a mother, then as a photographer. She has worked extensively for The New York Times and Associated Press. Her photographs have appeared in countless influential publications and have been exhibited at major venues in the US and around the world.

Leica Notebook – Chapter 18 “REALITY & REFLECTION”

“REALITY & REFLECTION” is a current work in progress. Sometimes a photograph will provide a link to other photographs and a story emerges. The individual photograph may join with another to expand and express the feelings of the photographer. In these photographs, I am attempting to evoke thoughts and  feelings of life’s reality, its wonder and fragility. We wonder at the mystery surrounding our lives which I am trying to express with my photographs. Our dream of life will end, as dreams do. Flowers lasting a short time before a petal falls. Leaves touch before breaking apart. We are not like the seasons where spring will come again. Words sometime will remain unspoken at life’s end. We never want to say goodbye. We try  to capture, with our camera and photographs, our reality, which someday might be shared with others, when we are no longer here.

– Claire Yaffa

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  • I like these photos and this kind of photography. For me are pictures which can be seen on different levels: one is aesthetic, there are nice photographs to see (that fuchsia ball under the tree, wow!) but more important to me there is a deeper level, you can read a story in them or you can create a your own story from the input in the photo. That cutting from a news paper with a photo of the “che” near one hand, the shadow (yours I guess) in the bedroom, the statue in the reflection of what seems me an hospital room are all important parts of a larger puzzle we can try to put together. Thanks for showing this inspiring work.

  • Lovely work, Claire. I think that many such images, and indeed your conceptual framework, will hit home mostly with older viewers or those who have glimpsed their mortality. Speaking from experience, some of these images are like the frames that run through your mind when you’re extremely ill and believe that you might be heading for the exit door. They make no sense outside of such an ending-credits collage.

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