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Pastel Cocoon, photograph by Margaret Hyde
Photographer Margaret Hyde was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Margaret is a travel photographer and was recently invited to Bhutan and Liberia as guests of both governments. Her photography has been featured in her own show in 2009 at Laddie John Dill’s studio in Santa Monica entitled, “Mindful Journeys,” as well as many others.
Hailing from a philanthropic legacy, Margaret’s family founded the Hyde Family Foundations (HFF). Both Margaret and HFF are also deeply involved with the National Civil Rights Museum as supporters and donors. The museum’s repository of artifacts symbolizing the heart of the nation and the birth of the Civil Rights Movement has become a national treasure. Margaret takes an active role in her family’s dedication to service, justice and equality, which led to her decision to produce the Academy & Emmy nominated documentary short, “The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306”, about the last days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is Margaret’s hope that the film will serve to educate others about the Civil Rights Movement and how they too can be a part of the dream. Her photography was prominently featured in this endeavor.
In addition being a filmmaker, she’s been a book publisher and author for many years. She first wrote a modern take on the Goldilocks tale called Dreadilocks and the Three Slugs followed by the popular Great Art for Kids series and the Mo’s Nose series of books about a dog who smells colors. Mo’s books incorporate a new scent technology of press-to-smell aromatherapy.
Margaret, her husband and her children live happily in Santa Monica, CA.
When I pick up my camera, the lens, becomes my quiet eye and through it I try to “see into the life of things.” Putting aside my point of view, assumptions, and judgments, I shoot those things that make me pause and require me to be present with them. I am one with my camera and whatever I am shooting and-- time stops.
There is no past or future. I am vulnerable and open to whatever appears or shows itself. I am open to the scars and cracks—the imperfections, as well as, the beauty of symmetry, shadow and light. I am a beach combing nomad collecting all the castaways that line the shore. I treasure and study the things that most would step on or walk right by. I marvel at the strength and beauty of every bit that has been at the mercy of the tide. Each one taking its beatings and washed ashore with all the marks of the journey—more interesting with all of its flaws. I honor the beauty of imperfection and struggle.
For me there are no castaways just treasures. All living things have integuments—a tough outer layer or shell that see them through the highs and lows, the bumps and bruises, the births and deaths. Every freckle, stretch mark wrinkle mole, scar or tattoo is a testament to the tide of life. Our shells display the imperfect beauty of our experiences.
Everything has integumentary majesty and essence. My work is a meditation on what it means to be whole and radiant, because of our struggles and imperfections—not in spite of them..