Happy Birthday, Deborah Copaken, born 11 March 1966
- I loved to press the shutter, to freeze time, to turn little slices of life into rectangle rife with metaphor.
- Photography forces one out into the world, interacting with people and the environment. It flexes all those right brain, spatially-adept muscles.
- When it comes to writers, I’m a huge fan of Ian McEwan. I’ve never taken a writing course, but reading and deconstructing his novels has been as good a lesson as any.
- Stories are how we make sense of our lives. To tell a story is to own it: to own the narrative thread to own a piece of our past. And when we own a story when we put it in a tidy box and store it on a high shelf it becomes manageable so that whatever negative effects it’s been having on us are in theory lessened.
- There are no straight lines in life. Only detours, hard work, and luck.
Deborah Copaken is an American author and photojournalist. She is the author of the memoir Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War. Her latest books are The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons and The ABCs of Parenthood: An Alphabet of Parenting Advice.Follow her on Twitter
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