kindness for Loss and Beauty

Today I received a tremendously kind note about the book for Loss and Beauty. This particular note carries a great deal of meaning for me because the author is not only a friend, but a fellow photographer and a woman whose family history is a source of pride and exploration for her camera. Her family tree holds survivors as well as victims. Her words are an affirmation of my intent for Loss and Beauty. Please, see for yourself….

“I own neither the beautiful fountain pen nor supple stationary appropriate for this thank you letter. You book is beautiful and sensitive. The history of the Holocaust is a very personal one for me and one denied by my family, and many jewish families, choosing to forget rather than to forgive. 

In contrast to the sad and painful stories of my family history, your book is a book of healing, overlaying the quite peaceful present with the horrors of the past. How different a story I might have told with my camera, looking to present the suffering and torment, me still holding on to the pain of prejudice.

Thank you for the beautiful book. You should be very proud.”

~N. Lehrer, Los Angeles

When we encourage and affirm our friends and fellow artists, life grows more beautiful, the energy to create anew pulses. Solace may be found, but greater understanding (of ourselves, perhaps others) through a seeking heart is guaranteed. Thank you, Nancy, for taking the time to write to me and to share more of your own story. I’m off to Poland in January and will be traveling through the village of Nancy’s family. I hope there will be images to share. 

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"Loss and Beauty is a literary work of photography based on Holocaust survivor's diaries. But it is also a uniquely involving visual experience, one that uses masterfully merged photographs to draw one in, establish and hold a mood and ultimately tell a story. Importantly, the work also asks each viewer a searching and timeless question: Can profound loss by addressed by beauty? Keron Psillas' answer, in her deeply realized book and exhibit, is yes."
- Sam Abell