Inspired by the ever-changing vista outside her own back door, photographer and publicist Kim Weiss decided to photograph the fingerprint-like artistic display of each rising and setting of the sun. She photographed her own personal front-row view of dawn and dusk for 52 weeks and paired the photos with inspirational writing that helps bring those awe-inspiring moments to life in her new book, Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude. She says she hopes that it will help others connect with themselves, and with something bigger than themselves.
Strategy: What was your motivation for putting together this book?
Weiss: My real motivation was merely to capture the sense of awe I felt every time I either woke up to witness a beautiful sunrise or, later in the day when the sun was setting to the west, sharing that same amazement. I am lucky that my 14th-story view shows me both amazing displays of nature, and not one day goes by where I don’t appreciate what I see. Magic abounds right outside my sliding glass door every day. Hopefully, the photos convey what I feel and see.
Strategy: Were you the photographer or are these submitted works?
Weiss: Yes, all of the photographs are mine mostly taken on my SONY camera, but a few [were]actually [taken]from my trusty cell phone.
Weiss: About 90% of the pieces submitted to my book were freshly created for Sunrise, Sunset. But, I had no problem accepting the hand full of passages that were previously published but approved for my use. The content on both accounts is timeless and would be hard to differentiate.
Strategy: What do you hope readers will get from the book?
Weiss: Simply, I hope readers experience that momentary whoosh of excitement, that “happy to be alive” feeling that nature inspires and that I am feeling when taking the pictures. From my heart through my camera and back again, I hope people really take a moment to feel connected to nature—hence their hearts. The words on the page will get them if the photos don’t! But, I think it’s a winning combination.
Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude is now available for pre-order online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million. Visit the author’s web site at www.sunrisesunsetbook.com.