“HOPE Out of Pain” Gallery

August 18, 2023  •  4 Comments

I wanted to share my last in-person gallery with you. Since so many of you could not attend for many reasons, including not living anywhere near Seattle/Woodinville Washington I figured I could bring my gallery to you. Below is my introduction to the gallery and then I follow with the photos and the write-ups of each one. Please let me know if you connected with any of them! Thank you for stopping by! (All photos are for sale. Print or print with frame. Other sizes available! Just let me know!)

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Dear Friends,
On September 28th, 2021, my 26-year-old son, Jake, died by suicide. Most of us have experienced grief in our life, and I would be honored if you would come along with me to connect in our moments of pain, our moments of processing and our moments of HOPEFULNESS. 

This gallery is titled “HOPE Out of Pain” and is dedicated to my Jake, who tragically lost his hope, but my desire in sharing it with you is to remind you and the world, that there is always hope, you just have to look for it.    

*10% of all proceeds from this show will go to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

I am glad you are here,
Lisa            

 

Lisa’s motto is to “Live life with Strength, Love, and Adventure!” It is even tattooed on her arm as a daily reminder! Born and raised in Washington, and now living on Puget Sound on her boat, MV Our Dance, she seeks out any adventure outdoors: kayaking down a waterway, hiking and backpacking along endless trails, listening to the waves crash while sleeping on the beach, biking a gorgeous trail, traveling by motorhome in foreign countries, or just casting off lines to see where the Salish Sea takes her, but she is doing it all, camera in one hand and her husband’s hand in the other! 

As a local and world travel, landscape and portrait photographer, Lisa has a burning passion for photography and living a purposeful life. She loves sharing what she sees, feels, and experiences to bring the World to people who cannot see it themselves and then to inspire others to seek out their own beautiful places and adventures. After her son’s suicide, she is determined and driven to share and remind everyone that there IS still beauty, hope and good in this world!  

www.LisaMizePhotography.com 
IG: @lisamizelandscapephotography 
FB: Lisa Mize Photography
[email protected]
 

 

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Backlit Trees at Sunset

Skagit County, Washington

16x20 $595 framed -SOLD!/$445.95 print

Moments of Hopefulness: Winter trees bring the promise of new life in the spring. When they are backlit, the details often get lost, but that is because the LIGHT is actually more powerful in that moment. Light brings hope and comfort.

 

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Waves Suspended in Time 3

Oregon Coast

8x12 $325 framed/$174.95 print

Moments of Processing: While processing grief, time can slow down or even stand still. You can see tiny fragments, overwhelming power, but even light and peacefulness too.

 

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Waves Suspended in Time 2

Oregon Coast

8x12 $325 framed/$174.95 print

Moments of Processing: While processing grief, time can slow down or even stand still. You can see tiny fragments, overwhelming power, but even light and peacefulness too.

 

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Waves Suspended in Time 1

Oregon Coast

8x12 $325 framed/$174.95 print

Moments of Processing: While processing grief, time can slow down or even stand still. You can see tiny fragments, overwhelming power, but even light and peacefulness too.

 

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The Very End of the Day

Oregon Coast

12x18 $495 framed -SOLD!/$345.95 print

Moments of Hopefulness: Sharp rocks can cause pain, but they hold and protect the life that is attached to them as they wait until the sea returns to bring the nourishment they need to survive another day.

 

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Overbearing Beauty

Mountain at St. Mary Lake, Glacier NP, Montana

12x18 $495 framed /$345.95 print

Moments of Pain: Up close it’s overwhelming, huge, rugged, painful, unclear, but it’s amazingly beautiful if you step back, even for a moment, to remind yourself to see the whole picture.

 


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Carving Out a Way

Kootenai Main Falls, Montana

12x18 $495 framed/$345.95 print

Moments of Processing: The water wears down the land as it makes its way, just as grief carves out a permanent place in our life, but the carved way can still be strong and beautiful.

 

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A New Path Through Life

Silver Falls Loop Trail, Ohanapecosh River. Mt. Rainier

12x18 $495 framed -SOLD!/$345.95 print

Moments of Processing: It’s a new path, an unknown path. You could focus on your steps, but you’ll miss the beauty everywhere. Focus on your breath. Look for the light coming through the trees. Look for the life all around you. Breathe deeply.

 

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Layers and Layers

Kootenai Falls, Montana

12x18 $495 framed /$345.95 print

Moments of Pain: Layers and layers of grief flow over us, sometimes in a trickle, sometimes rushing uncontrollably and we are just trying to catch our breath, but water is also cleansing.

 

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Mountain Prominences

Lake McDonald, Glacier NP, Montana

12x18 $495 framed /$345.95 print

Moments of Pain: Rugged, sharp, hard. There is darkness where the light does not touch, but the softness of new snow and the reflecting light create an incredible beauty.

 

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Newness

Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park

12x18 $495 framed /$345.95 print

Moments of Hopefulness: After a dormant, almost deathlike winter, spring comes and brings new life, new vibrancy. A hopefulness fills you for the next season of your life.

 

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Calmness

Lake McDonald, Glacier NP, Montana

10x20 $450 framed/$305.95

Moments of Processing: “Blue hour” happens twice a day and it brings feelings of comfort and peace. It only lasts moments but those short moments are sweet gifts.


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First Light

Mount Rainier and Little Tipsoo Lake

12x18 $495 framed /$345.95 print

Moments of Pain: The nights are long and dark. You wake to darkness. Finally the light arrives and it shows itself in an amazing way. The light is coming, keep your eyes to the light.

 

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Sunset At Whaleshead Beach

Brookings, Oregon

16x20 $595 framed/$445.95 print

Moments of Hopefulness: The warmth of the setting sun is like a wonderful hug. It provides a close to the day with the promise of a new day to follow. These colors remind me of the beauty and hope that will be here tomorrow.
 

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Lost at Sea

Oregon Coast

8x10 $295 framed/$124.95 print

Moments of Pain: The feeling of being completely lost, alone. Weeds can entangle and pull you down, but even a glimmer of light can help you stay focused.

 

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Smooth Chaos

Kootenai Falls, Montana

8x12 $325 framed /$174.95 print

Moments of Processing: At first glance it feels like chaos, like there is no order, but if you focus long enough, the colors and the smoothness reveal their order and you can see the direction.

 


Comments

indiatripplanners(non-registered)
Your work captures emotions with such raw authenticity. Each photo in this collection is a testament to the resilience and hope that can emerge from pain. Thank you for sharing these powerful images.
Ursula Frank(non-registered)
Powerful & touching experience! Thanks Lisa for this beautiful expression of learnings from your moments of pain, processing & hopefulness shared via your exceptional photographs & your gift to see beyond what’s visible at first glance & capture it to share with many of us who would otherwise miss the awe & wonder of such moments. Thanks for not only living your life with strength, love & adventure, but also with vulnerability & authenticity. Grateful for the reminder there’s always hope!
Suzanne Norring(non-registered)
Beautiful photos Lisa! We also love the photo we got at that event.
Lori Kutrich(non-registered)
Lisa, these are not only beautiful,but so much meaning behind them. Thanks for sharing your story of grief through them. As someone who has and is experiencing grief, I so appreciate the back story and know I am not alone. Thank you for your creativity and thoughtfulness.
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