When I first started knowing writer Jane Devin, she made it abundantly clear to me that she hates having her picture taken, that the camera is no friend of hers. I got the feeling she felt about cameras the way I feel about spiders. The prying lens of the camera was something to be protected from not something to be opened up to. I told her what I have told thousands of other people, you are the boss of the camera and then I took a photo of my dinner.
When Jane told me she wanted to turn a favorite poem she'd written as a teenager into a visual art piece, I was happy to help. Happy seems like a weird word to use since it's a poem she wrote after being abused, molested, and raped. I was happy to help her express herself in a form new to her. I was happy to help her do something she always wanted to do. I was really happy to contribute some still photographs to the video to help tell Jane's story.
What really makes me happy, though, is that the video opens with a very recent portrait of Jane, taken by Jane. My brave friend Jane was the boss of the camera! I will post the video here, but if you get a chance, please do go visit Jane at her blog and let her know what you thought about the video and her powerful words. There is more information about the video and the history of Cousteau's Daughter at Jane's blog, too.
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