By Annette Benedetti

The widespread epidemic
reveals its presence in an image
of your face captured at arms length
turned this way and that
+++++++++++=to find the
++++++++++++++++++++exact position
will make them believe
+++++++++++++++what you do not.

Taken from above thins
you out.
+++Jut your jaw
to remove the double chin
which when tilted
+++++++++slightly towards the sun
+++++++++++++++with lips gently parted,
makes you look innocent
and enticing
to those who never cared
+++++++++to know you.

Pucker up to hollow out
+++++++++++your cheeks
which used to become round
and warm my hands
when filled with joy.
The way I like you best,
+++++++++but you are no more.

Always looking for the
picture perfect moment
that will make them fall in love.
Like you are falling
++++++++++and falling
+++++++++++++++and falling
+++++++++++++++++++++++in love

as I fall out.

Last Days of Fall

Sometimes you meet people that ignite and feed your creativity. True creative collaboration has been a rare but beautiful thing in my life that I often crave. I feel like I struck gold when I met Lauren Elizabeth Gardner. She has been many things: a coffee slinger, circus performer, singer, and a woman with a mad passion for costuming. But when we get together, she slips seamlessly between being an actress and model  and an artistic director.

I’m absolutely in love with these photos from an impromptu shoot while on a walk in Laurelhurst Park on one of the last, most beautiful days of fall. We were walking and talking about some heartfelt hard things when Lauren began encouraging me to take some shots. The collaboration was natural and productive.

In my mind, the images are everything that fall is: magical, mysterious, surreal. A couple of them look more like paintings than photographs to me making it difficult to tell where the real ends and the fantasy begins.

For me autumn represents the end of one thing and the beginning of the other — the exquisite combination of loss and hope. I see much of that in these.









The force created
by a person’s actions.
An ethical consequence.

From birth
to death.

From one life
to the next.

“The arc of the moral universe
is long…” he says.

She says.

Devine decree

“…but it bends…”

like the spine
at a

One man
by the next.

One life
to the

“…toward justice.”

—Photos and Poem: Annette Benedetti

Quote by Martin Luther King Jr., used in Hillary Clintons first post election speech given at the Children’s Defense Fund event.

Statue:  Karma By Do Ho Suh, located at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo NY.


Into the Forest

Mt. Rainier, Portland Photographer

There’s nothing quite like venturing into the forest with girlfriends. It’s liberating, soulful, and inspiring. And regardless of how close you are when you head in, you emerge from the trees even closer.

I’m fortunate enough to work for Three Bears Lodge, and am sometimes given the opportunity to stay in one of their cabins while taking photos of either the property or of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding area. This past week I stayed in this amazing lodge with two of my favorite adventure companions, Brittney Devan and Bess Dwyer.

It was an amazing two days. They joined me on some breathtaking hikes. We walked through falls, around lakes, up the mountain and heard and elk call out. We even saw a bear…and promptly ran like hell (no pics…just a lot of sprinting down the mountain).

After our hikes, we spent hours in the hot tub, drank wine, cooked incredible meals, ate chocolate, and watched Thelma and Louise (thanks to Brittney—pretty sure I love her ten times more now).

Bess and Britt were incredibly patient with my constant request for photos. Here are just a couple of my favorites. I can’t possibly express how much I adore these two women, so hopefully the images will do the telling for me.

Mt. Rainier, Portland Photographer