Dena Lowell Stretching, Photo by Carl-Philppe Juste / Iris PhotoCollective
Dena Lowell Stretching, Photo by Carl-Philppe Juste / Iris PhotoCollective

Peace and resilience come from different sources. Alongside her massage therapy sessions, photography is an important activity for Dena Lowell – both close to home and during travels.

Stretching, Photo by Carl-Philippe Juste / Iris PhotoCollective
Dena Lowell Stretching, Photo by Carl-Philppe Juste / Iris PhotoCollective

I took this photo exactly a year ago. You can smell the books and the wood and the cold air outside. Taken in a study room at the Law School at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 11/2018 –Dena Lowell

Study Room, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Study Room, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow

This photograph focuses on facing death. I paid a lot of attention to the fish’s body, his eyes, face, mouth. I had to summon courage to stare it down as it lay in a dirty puddle, flies snatching up morsels of its skin and bones. His lips appear as if he wants to tell me something, his eyes still have life. He is still in water, yet its not working out for him, as you can see. This photograph exemplifies resilience because the fish represents grief, laying there. The viewer has to acknowledge the grief and decide for how long they want to hold onto it, and when it’s time to move on. –Dena Lowell

Red Fish, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Red Fish, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
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