I'm Martha Brettschneider, founder of Damselwings Photography. My work is inspired by my passion to facilitate mindful living, encouraging busy people like you to slow down, take a breath, ground yourself in the present moment, and notice the beauty in your midst.
My garden was my first mindfulness mentor--the only place my thoughts were stilled--when I started digging in the dirt over twenty years ago. Today she (yes, I think of my garden as a girlfriend) provides the bulk of my photography subjects. In other words, I prefer to 'grow my own'.
My specialty is macro floral photography, which, especially when printed on metal, brings the tiniest details and subtlest forms of nature's creativity into full view. Shooting in the field, capturing the interplay of light and the life force of my subjects, brings an energy to the images that simultaneously calms the viewer while sparking a rejuvenating connection with nature (even while inside) and the present moment. My pieces are perfect anchors for the ancient art of gazing meditation.
I stumbled into mindfulness, and eventually meditation, after breast cancer in 2009 led to a complete reboot of my life. I chronicle my journey from stressed out international economist and screaming mom to a meditation-touting creative finally at peace with the world in my book Blooming into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me that Calm Is the New Happy (January 2016). You can purchase signed copies here. Along with my award-winning photography, I seek to inspire mindful living through my writing, speaking, and mindfulness programs, which you can learn more about at my blog and events site damselwings.com. But you're here for ART, so I won't distract you from that!
I live in the Washington, DC, metro area with my husband, two sons, and a rascally golden retriever who takes great pleasure in eating my garden and teaching me the art of letting go.
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