Susan Lappin

Since my retirement from the banking sector I have embraced  my life time passion for photography. My fascination for photography began in the late nineteen-fifties when my  father introduced me to preserving  the greatness of Toronto train yards from within his darkroom. Along with preserving these days and the legacy of his love for the huge engines of steel, I am also capturing my passions in nature and the uniqueness of things whose time is too quickly passing. I believe it is so very important for us to take a moment in time and appreciate everything around us.

When we look at something are we really seeing? Are we are using our whole being, our senses, our minds and our emotions. Can we let go of our past;  go beyond the labels society puts on things;  relax and stop, so that we can truly ‘see ‘. From very early in our childhood it is impressed upon us that the arts are not what is important; for us to excel we must put our attention on reading, writing and arithmetic. Things, events, people and everything around us are put into categories with labels so they can be identified and defined by everyone but not ‘felt’ by anyone.

As Frederick Frank puts it “By these labels we recognize everything, and no longer see anything. We know the labels on the bottles, but never taste the wine.” The difference between looking and seeing is in how involved you are in the action. You look at a flower that has been named a tulip or a rose but can you go beyond that and feel the colour, the softness, the strength, the gentleness? Do you experience what the flower is trying to share with you? Look around and ‘experience’ the every day things around you for this ‘moment in time’ is short lived. Don’t let the life in the world around you go by without being involved in it. Stop and see.

“There are many fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favourable circumstances. But the only time that is surely yours is the present, hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation…Today you can make your life…significant and worthwhile. The present is yours to do with it as you will.” Grenville Kleiser (1868-1935)  American author.

Susan Lappin – Photographic Artist