When I first walked onto the terrace of what is now my home, overlooking the marina, the Intracoastal Waterway and the mighty Atlantic Ocean, I gasped. I could not believe the view that lay before me. Eight years later, I’m still gasping and pinching myself to see if this is a dream. When I finally catch my breath, here comes a whoosh of awe. Then, I surrender to a warm wave of gratitude.
Sometimes I shout out to the Creator. Other times I just sit on my pillow in silence and revel in the magic I just beheld. As a rush of light climbs over the sea, I frantically grab my camera and do my best to capture this phenomenon that is the sunrise. My heart fills up and I harvest my photos onto the computer to share. This beauty is too big to manage alone. When sunset does its dance to the west at the end of the day, time permitting, I revel all over again in the surrounding magic. More deep breaths. More thanks. More photographs to share.
I have planted myself in the perfect place to be reminded of the magnificence of life and have chosen to document my good fortune in a book, Sunrise Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude, a square, colorful little tome, where my photographs are complemented by the inspiring words of leading thought leaders, colleagues, writers and friends. With each turn of the page one can take in a double dose of beauty. Some find their moment of meditation.
I have turned my passion into a community of “backyard photographers” on Facebook. I habitually post photographic expressions of the sun and some hand-picked words three times a day and our community adds their own from places all around the globe. To date we are 12,000 strong and growing. I’m sharing my wares on the likes of Instagram, Pinterest and on my website. My computer is clogged with over 24,000 photographs.
I have transformed what was already a creative life of music-making and working in the publishing business for over twenty years into one that grants me a brand new key into the world of visual arts. Rather than working behind the scenes shepherding books and promoting authors, I have stepped onto yet another stage.
In the sixth decade of my life, I add the monikers photographer and author to my resume and it feels good. I never would have seen it coming. Nature captured me and I am forever her faithful servant.
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Kim Weiss has been a publicist in the book industry for many years and coaches other writers aspiring to be bestselling authors. Her first book is, SUNRISE SUNSET: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude (HCI Books – October 2014 – www.sunrisesunsetbook.com) Her love of nature and the arts began when she was just a little girl and bloomed into the writer and photographer she is today. From her 14th floor terrace she witnesses the beauty of nature and captures it through the lens of her camera. As a storyteller, Kim has contributed to the hugely popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Ultimate Bird Lover with ‘America’s Vet’ Marty Becker. You can also find Kim’s stories and photos in Arielle Ford’s acclaimed book Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul. When she’s not working with authors, Kim is studying opera, playing guitar, being entertained by her birds and cats, or taking photos from her terrace at sunrise and sunset.