On November 13, 2015, Paris, my big neighbor and old friend, was brutally attacked. As many of my French neighbors and friends, I have been shocked and overwhelmed by the horror of it all.
I have never blogged about current events or politics on this blog. I am an artist with a black box. But, the events have given me need to speak out.
I write this blog from France, but I am not French. I am an US citizen who has lived in France for the past twenty-five years. I have lived a part of my life here and have made many friends. In consequence, I have been touched as severely as the French.
How any person,group or ideology could do be motivated to kill in the name of “God” is beyond me. The innocent people who died were doing nothing more than enjoying themselves on a Friday evening… going to a concert, a soccer game or having a meal at a restaurant.
My shock and indignation have not worn off…
It is now Sunday night. Tomorrow afternoon, I will go back to work on the suburban train lines. Like thousands of my neighbors. Life must go on. They won’t stop us. I give gratitude for all the police and armed forces who are out in public to protect all of us.
I lived both the horror of 9-11 as an US citizen suffering from afar, as I saw my homeland attacked. I have now lived an attack in my adopted country a few miles from my home.
But, I will survive. I will continue to work, photograph, love and enjoy life.
It is time to dig in deep, pray, be strong and help each other. The photo below was taken a few years back in Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. This photo is one of my favorites. I share it with you all.
I hope to be sharing more photos soon. Thank God for my black box. It is a peaceful and beautiful haven of peace, joy and creation.
Take care, be safe and God bless.