Mary BrevdaMary Brevda
Mary Brevda
(United States)

The Vicissitudes of Life:
Holding Hope through Aging, Loss, and Death

I, like everyone else, have dealt with COVID for a year, but I have managed to have a good year despite the craziness around me as I have dived into both photography and my work.  However, it became harder to keep my equanimity when death and serious illness came in closer after the death of a friend and the serious illness of another.  Close after that, my daughter’s whole household tested positive for COVID, and then my husband found out he needs to go in for a heart procedure, and just three weeks after that I will turn 72.  These events have gotten me thinking more about aging, change, and loss, and how to hold hope through this time.  This has inspired me to make images to reflect these thoughts and feelings.  Nature is where I replenish myself, so I have focused on capturing the essence of nature.

Original Inspiration

Final Series

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Those things that meant the most to me
Are no longer in my life.
And those people most important
Have vanished now from sight…

by Patricia A. Fleming



Memories of my former life
Leave my heart in pain
And remind me of reality
And that everything must change…

by Patricia A. Fleming



When you see me walking, stumbling,
Don’t study and get it wrong.
Cause tired don’t mean lazy
And every goodbye ain’t gone.
I’m the same person I was back then,
A little less hair, a little less chin,
A lot less lungs and much less wind.
But Ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.

On Aging
by Maya Angelou



Day after day, let me be joy, be hope!
Let my life sing!

A Prayer for Every Day
by Mary Carolyn Davies



“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

― Helen Keller



"All the world is full of suffering. 
It is also full of overcoming.”

― Helen Keller



“When one door closes another opens.
But we often look so regretfully upon the
closed door that we don’t see the one that
has opened for us.”

― Helen Keller



"We have this time.  
That is all that is guaranteed. 
Whatever it is—
making photographs, making love,
making a difference, making good—

whatever it is, make it now."

― David Duchemin



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