by Juliette Mansour of Casa Dresden
Dear Reader, 
There’s a beautiful story about photographer Harry Callahan‘s deep and abiding love for his wife, Eleanor who died in February of 2012.  Harry made portraits and photographs almost daily of Eleanor – his beloved subject – over the course of 50 years.  After Eleanor’s death, a friend of Harry’s was quoted:
"She was an additional f-stop on his lens. Through her, he saw form and structure more clearly, both in nature and in the world. She was present in his photographs even when she wasn’t in them."
My primary photographic genre is street photography, but to me, the “additional” f-stop that Harry's friend spoke of relates to every genre of art and to every creative effort. It is a metaphor for using the awareness of form to interact with creative spark. This interaction can arise from anyone or anything and for anybody at any time. It's pure, remarkable magic. But how do we find it?
Stephen Covey says, 
“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
Knowing that creativity is not reserved for artists alone, I can confidently say that the additional f-stop exists within each of us waiting for the right moment to emerge. This potent force wants only two conditions to show up:
1) For us to adjust our lens of life: Grooming self-awareness changes the way we interact in the world. We become nicer, happier people. It opens us up to light. 
2) For us to feed the force: Feeding and following creative cues (being willing to be open to their sudden appearance) brings a bubbling to the surface. It creates opportunity and amazing potential.
This is what I believe and what I hope to convey here. I hope in some small way, my photography coupled with the occasional few choice words might inspire you toward a path of awareness, your own additional f-stop.
Truly, 


Juliette Mansour | Casa Dresden
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