Through a Sober Lens
Life is often a difficult journey and at times people come to many crossroads and the decisions they make take them on paths that are not always smooth. Disappointments, failed marriages, unhappiness and the need to feel worthy but does not can alter someone’s perception of themselves leading down a path that will bring them despair and loneliness. Alcohol addiction is something that helps some people hide from the truth, feel high and happy but in the end they might finally realize that life is worth living when you are sober and not drunk. But it does not happen over night and the person must realize that himself and the result will be a revelation that might change the life of the person involved and others too. As you take the journey along with our author who travels many roads, paths and comes to different crossroads, you will hear his voice tell many different stories, bare his soul and explain his actions both positive and negative and using the power of photography the stories he tells comes alive.
Each photo depicts a different situation that relates to the story shared by the author. After taking his last drink and leading a life alcohol and addiction free the author shares his long road. Along the way he is placed in a psychiatric hospital followed by rehab and that is where his successes begin.
Drinking, taking Xanax were the author’s way of escaping life until he was pulled over by a policeman for the third time in three months. His marriage was in a crisis and it was time for help and sent to a psychiatric hospital where he was treated with understanding and got the help needed, then to rehab program the author took this first steps to recovery. The pictures shares of Martha’s Vineyard and the others by this man who taught himself how to photograph many scenes and make them come alive, creates a pallet of pictures, landscapes and seaside sunrises that would calm everyone and make you smile.
Every picture has a meaning but the one that I really love, and the copy is on page 63 How your Children How to Believe in themselves: The rest will fall into place. Telling about his dreams as a child and becoming something, I would never be, a professional baseball player. He put all his self -esteem and self-concept and self-love into a thing a wish. But the dream was gone, and he became a total introvert in high school and lost his way. The answer was too self-medicate at the age of 14. When you read the rest and learn what happens he realizes that the process he went through was necessary and he would not have it any other way. His Voice stated you believe in self and of loving themselves and others. Permission to forgive yourself and the one that really touches me Take A Chance to follow your heart and starting over. The picture of the lone bird is compelling and taking this picture after starting his journey of self expression through photography. The small underling seems to stand alone looking out into the huge ocean. Nothing in this picture is a profound as the bird. There is a world of possibility ahead and but not a clear vision or path. Sometimes you need to stop, look and move forward and realize you are never alone.
There is a calming effect as you take the journey and the pictures are so inspirational. One that is special is of the spiral lighthouse stairway which looks as if the author or you the reader can go in so many different directions to find your way. The author is speaking directly to you the reader and he became addicted, yet he relates how he helped a woman through her agony and shame and how it helped him too. The story about helping an anesthesiologist helped to guide him away from being self-centered. The dialogue is true and honest, and each story is told with heartfelt passion, understanding and how the photo and his experiences that he is describing brought him to the present. I love astronomy and the picture opposite Art and Addiction of the Blood Wolf Moon of 2019 is breathtaking. Taking his equipment outside and capturing the image is priceless. Cleaning the lens and then seeing the image can take you breath away. Clouds mixed with the amazing blood-red moon. He got on his knees with the camera and pointed it directly overhead and the worked hard because of the wind to find the moon and get a great shot. As a result, is felt passionate about life and he expressed creativity. Live had a greater meaning for him.
It takes more than one path which is so true. The author shares the words of a woman who said she waited three months of therapy and started to cry she could control her driving. She said she wasted her time and money and was afraid to leave because she knew she was not ready. But something happened and many of the 30 people there including the author had returned as alumni to the rehab facility for a two-day revisit to help other patients. The result you need to read as tears will fill your yes and the grace of acceptance filled her face Look at the picture, and you can see the stairway or the ramp and find you own path in life there are so many as you can see within this photo.
People have many moods and feelings, and each photo depicts its own mood and feelings. The darkness of some, the vibrant ones of others and the moods evoked by nature that can change your way of thinking and open your heart to new possibilities. The final story takes him back to where it all started and after snapping the photo of the front entrance he clanked down the street to the psych hospital where he spent five days detoxing from Xanax and alcohol. Sharing his life, his would with other men and hold hands at impromptu AA meetings and changed each other forever. “ A good place to end this story, and my second book: Hope, love, fellowship and extreme gratitude. The world is bright, beautiful and sharp when you look through the lens of a camera and take the photo as it is even clearer when you look Through a Sober Lens.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews