About the Book
Sometimes when I shoot in my garden I feel like I'm in a dream. I lose track of time and space and sound. The light bends in odd ways, leaving ghostly outlines that engage my imagination. And isn't that the point? To dream is to wrap your heart, your mind, and your soul in your ingenuity and then harness that immense navigational power.
Come into my precious garden. Dream with me.
In 1992, I moved to Paris to help a software company improve the usability of their CAD/CAM package. I left an engineer; I returned a photographer. I spent weekend after weekend, wandering around Paris with my used Nikon and Ilford black and white film. A few years later, I launched my own photography business. I shoot gardens, cityscapes, and classic cars, but I am most known for my photographs of people. I love shooting people in movement - the energy of a dancer, or the quick, fearless strike of a martial artist. For me, it's capturing the face of Joy. I pursue my bliss by shooting people pursuing their bliss. I also love to combine photos with words, so I find myself automatically creating captions, whether they appear on paper or not. Now, pushing fifty, I see my life as one long leadership journey, with photography being a significant tool I use to help others understand themselves, and those around them. I hope you enjoy my work. Maureen Electa Monte