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.
“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