“Through capturing quiet moments in time that display the connection between my subjects and self I am reminded that we are not so different from each other. Each of us serves as a familiar reflection for the next. For that brief moment in time we are not separated by our differences, but brought together by the recognition of our similarities.”

Photography has become an extension of self. It has provided me with the tool to connect to other people and places on a level that goes far deeper than the physical act of clicking the shutter button. It has become my vehicle for expression and connection to soul. The ability to capture the fleeting moments on the path of life; the act of slowing down my breath long enough to compose a scene in that instant; and the ability to hold those moments within my hands in tangible perpetuity has not only amazed me but helped to transform me into a better person. The people I meet on the streets hold the mirror up before me. Their personal stories help me to understand their journey as well as my own and I find great comfort in the connections I form with my subjects. No matter how difficult their lives have been, no matter what issues they continue to struggle with, I find within them a certain measure of dignity and strength. And I feel most of them find within me some reflection of the same. It is such a wonderful gift to find beautiful, intelligent, creative people underneath all the muck and the pain. Those fleeting moments touch me and will forever remain a part of who I have become as an artist and as a human being.

"Photography has become an extension of self. It has provided me with the tool to connect to other people and places on a level that goes far deeper than the physical act of clicking the shutter button. It has become my vehicle for expression and connection to soul."

meTracy J Thomas is a published writer, and a fine art and documentary photographer who specializes in street photography and multimedia storytelling. She has a passion for social issues and connects well with people on the streets in order to promote understanding and share the similarities that tie us together as human beings. She holds an MA from the University of San Francisco in Sports and Fitness Management and an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University.

Tracy is also an online class developer and workshop instructor who loves to share her knowledge of photography, business development, and social media marketing with other artists, organizations, and business owners. She is a founder artist, website administrator and curator for the New Era Museum, a contemporary photography collective based in Florence, Italy with a focus on the promotion of mobile photography artists from around the globe.

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