Tall Tales are two collections of interactive photo-poetry-prose bound in one volume. Each collection features twenty individual fables. Each photo-inspired poem is accompanied by a blank page, inviting the reader to reflect, spin their own tale—scrapbook style. True to the age-old tradition of storytelling, a tale only gets better over time as it is told, retold, and embellished.
Where did the tales come from? Growing up, woodlands were my playground, and they have always held a sense of enchantment. To me, the trees never felt lifeless or static but were rather the beholders of history—fact and legend. To this day, my inner child loves to listen to the whispered tales told by rustling leaves and swaying branches. The unique markings of their bark and the particular features of their windblown shapes add to the sense of aliveness they are exuding.
The entire creation of this book—process and content as well as layout—came about in an inspired and inspiring journey. As I’ve noted in the introduction, found in the center page, the book was writing me rather than the other way around.
True to form of all my creative expression, I never quite know where my adventure will take me. I’ve come to appreciate the unfolding of each step, realizing my job is to allow, to observe, to witness, to discover, and to document what reveals itself to me.
It is my sincere wish that the reader will enjoy their journey of discovery as much as I have mine.