Today, I am thrilled to bring you Cherish Bryck as our Guest Muse. I first met Cherish two years ago at a photography retreat, and I’ve been following her photography ever since. I’ve also been fortunate to develop a friendship with Cherish and I adore her personality. I really think that who Cherish is comes out in her photography. Well, except for her wicked sense of humor — that you might not see in her photos, but trust me folks, you would laugh until the tears streamed down your face if you hung out with this gal.
I am a prairie girl. Well, at least I was born and raised on the prairies. Now I live nestled between big mountains and the even bigger blue sea. When I left home, I was a walking cliche. I couldn’t wait to leave those dusty roads behind and find myself in the big city with a big life, chasing my big dreams.
Now, years later when I return to the place I so longed to leave, I find myself so captivated by the stories that rise from my birthplace. Ever since my daughters were born I feel compelled to take them back to Saskatchewan to visit our family, see where I grew up, absorb life outside the city and let them ‘run free.’ When we are there all of this unfolds, and as it does I use my camera to capture my girls experience this joy and understanding in a place that is so dear to my heart. The expansive sky envelops them and the wheat fields become their playground. Each day they spend on my family’s farm I watch my girls learn about love, traditions, our earth, family, independence, culture and what it means to be a part of something bigger than they are.
Not only am I interested in capturing my own family’s story, but I use my camera to tell the story of rural life – something I’ve become quite fascinated with over time. The simplicity and immutability. Everything looks different from my current frame of reference. I believe it’s a combination of my eyes, that are much older, my brain, that is hopefully a little wiser, and the lens in front of me that allows a fresh perspective on my past. I find such beauty in the stark landscape. Perfection in the imperfection. The simplicity is somewhat intoxicating and I can’t help but try to capture some of these thoughts and feelings swirling around me when I visit. I’m never sure what is portrayed in my photos is what is in my head and heart, but I am certain that the act of documenting my history simultaneously colliding with my present is absolutely worth the pilgrimage every year.
Meghan of Life Refocused