Casting a pebble into the water of a pond creates ripples radiating from the point the pebble disappeared. Taking the time to pause long enough to watch the ripples move across the surface is important. If you do not slow your pace, you will miss the impact.
I carry this image in the forefront of my mind when I encounter the negative references of San Bernardino. When the incessant depiction of this city comes forth, my instinctive response is to protest, to counter the negativity.
I envision the pond, with the water surface tension acting as the common negative perception, and I cast a pebble of positivity into the water. I picture the repetitive waves gently rising above the surface tension of the pond; traveling to the far reaches until the entire pond has been enveloped in ripples.
From the beginning my photographic project, This Beautiful City, was intended to cause positive ripples overlapping the first anniversary of the attack on humanity - December 2, 2015. On display at the Loma Linda University Health San Manuel Gateway College beginning November 19, the exhibit depicts my view of San Bernardino - a beautiful place when you slow your pace and observe.