Reviewed by Authentic Florida Book Reviewer, Joyce Sparrow
Kim Weiss, a Boyton Beach photographer who works in the publishing business, has created Sunrise Sunset 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude. The book includes a colorful photograph for each week with a quote from one or two of the 57 contributors who are recognized for their spiritual, medical or writing backgrounds. The book captures the idea that the sun rises and sets every day, but no two events are the same color or offer the same view.
In a recent interview, Kim explained her pursuit of photography and how she decided to publish the book.
My interest in photography as more than a spectator evolved naturally when I moved to a high-rise apartment overlooking an amazing vista of marina, Intracoastal Waterway and ocean. Seeing both the sunrise and the sunset from my terrace blew me away (still does) on a daily basis and my nature is to share, so I started sharing photos as soon as I began snapping them. First, from my humble iPhone, then a Canon Powershot, and now a mighty Sony Cybershot with a super long lens that allows me to show great variety in what I see. This hobby, now about seven years in the making, married well with a career I already have for the past two decades in publishing. Once I started posting photos on Facebook and my boyfriend captioned them with haikus, I had a “light bulb” moment and saw a book. The haiku idea grew into a better one where I could mine the wonderful contacts I developed for the past 20 years and invite them to write accompanying passages about sunrises and sunsets for my photographs. I’m lucky to have great relationships with talented and some well known authors and Sunrise Sunset became a book. When I brought the idea to my boss, at HCI Books, he was surprised at how much he liked my photos. The project flowed very organically, a little unexpectedly, and now I’m enmeshed in this world and growing a nice little community of backyard (and better) photographers on a Facebook page.
Readers will be familiar with the names of many of the contributors including, Jack Canfield, originator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, novelist M.J. Rose, and John Bradshaw, author and television host. Many of the quotes offer reflection on new beginnings. Gloria Loring, an actress and composer writes “Sunrise brings a chance to begin again, to smooth ruffled feathers . . .” Homer Hickman, author of bestseller, Rocket Boys: A Memoir, comments on the pink and scarlet streamers he sees in the sky. He often feels the need to applaud the sun with cheers of “Well done, old boy.”
When asked why the book is important in today’s world, Weiss responded:
Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude is important in today’s world as a way of trying to balance (or eclipse) all the bad news that surrounds us with some beauty and sweet moments. It’s a way of taking a big gulp of oxygen when the world comes crashing in on us or pressure seems to take us over. Stopping to “smell the sunshine” affords us the chance to remember what really matters, that life is essentially good and beautiful, and that beauty is easily accessible to us. We just have to take the time. My book is a reminder.
The Sunrise Sunset book is available online and at local book sellers. It is perfect homegrown sunshine for the holidays!
Joyce Sparrow writes “Florida Reads” the book review column for the Florida Library Association’s publication, Florida Libraries. She also publishes book reviews in Library Journal. Contact Joyce at ReadFlorida@gmail.com
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