Happy, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Happy, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. –Michael Jordan

 

Some of Dena Lowell’s photography captures moments of challenging self-reflection.

Self, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Self, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Value of Hair, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Value of Hair, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow

Other images celebrate traditions of family.

Bris, Photos by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Bris, Photos by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Bris, Photos by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Bris, Photos by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow

These photos exemplify resilience. Being at my friend’s bris reminded me that life must go on. You forge ahead despite grief and pain. The circle of life is bittersweet. Here, a young father is in Foreign Territory. He is contemplating the birth of his son and induction into a religion’s ancient traditions that are new to him. He watches his baby,  being held by his brother in law, who clearly is comfortable in a rabbi’s company, and beaming with love and excitement. The composition of the photo is balanced and the character’s symbolism is poignant to the story being told.  –Dena Lowell

Some are just fun!

Touch, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Touch, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
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