For this photographic montage we have chosen the title “Hearts Open with Light.” The title
reflects my belief that by opening our hearts in times of difficulty to the different emanations
of light in our lives - friendships, nature, or other wholesome connections - we can then
navigate ourselves towards a safer direction. In the following montage we have portrayed
swimmers traversing the wavy waters of lake Michigan as a metaphor of resilience and
determination to meet and incorporate and thus flow with life’s uncertainties.
This book can roughly be divided into two sections: First, a montage narrative of urban
photographs taken while I explored the meaning of light in contemporary society. Second,
reflections by psychotherapist Misty Major on ways we can overcome the inner loops we
might face. These two sections when placed together are complementary and work together
much like the fine ingredients of a New York pastrami sandwich. However, we cannot
guarantee the flavor is as tasty or as kosher.