Contemplative Photographer & Writer
Susan Meyer is a contemplative multipotentialite who offers a unique interweaving of nature photography, writing (prose and poetry), mindful awareness, and energy work that supports awakening and well-being on all levels. She is an emerging artist whose work is pollinated with a vibrant combination of life experience, formal education, and a lifelong devotion to evolving the Self. Her deep interest in the nature of consciousness and perception and appreciation of the natural world infuse her art.
After early success in music, hospice work was her passion prior to becoming a mother in 1994. However, after her children were born, she felt drawn to working at the opposite end of the human life cycle and taught kindergarten for several years. Although she taught in a public school, she was a holistic educator at heart and developed and implemented research-based emotional literacy and mindfulness curricula for early childhood classrooms. She holds formal degrees in psychology, education, and spiritual studies.
Mindfulness is a thread that runs through the heart of everything Susan does. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation in one form or another for 25 years. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and is pursuing Mindfulness Meditation Teacher certification with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Susan has been writing and dabbling in nature photography throughout her entire adult life, in the background while other pursuits and practices took center stage. When her teaching career became disenchanting and close loved ones experienced health crises, she turned to nature photography as a resource for cultivating inspiration, renewal, and gratitude amidst the full catastrophe of life. She also began blogging around this time. Contemplative photography and writing began as her medicine and became her passion that commanded greater attention. Her photography has been exhibited in a number of venues in the Greater Saratoga/Adirondacks area (NY) and has consistently received awards in the annual Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor photo contest. She has produced several volumes of poetry that are available as one-of-a-kind, handbound editions and is currently working on an inspirational memoir, All Light Now: Losing My Parents and Recovering My Self, which is expected to be published in 2020.
In addition to being a writer and photographer, Susan is a certified clutter coach and feng shui consultant, a Reiki master practitioner, and a licensed educator.
I am astonished by the splendor of common, ordinary things and believe that if we look closely enough from the right angle, we can find something to appreciate about a place or living thing – and perhaps gain insight into our own nature, as well.
When I am in nature, certain images stop me in my tracks, and at the time I might not know why I am so drawn to them but sense they are part of a greater story, language, pattern, or blueprint that connects us all and needs to be shared. Touching such images intimately with presence invites them to speak to us deeply, expand our hearts, and awaken or strengthen something integral within us. When an image seizes me like that, I contemplate what wants to be noticed. Contemplative images often inspire my writing, and I am dedicated to sharing my vision and insights through words and pictures that reveal beauty, connections, and universal patterns and rhythms.
- All Light Now: Losing My Parents and Recovering My Self, inspirational memoir (expected publication date: 2020)
- 10x10 Exhibition, Saratoga Arts (June – Sept. 2019)
- Mindful, Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, Art in Public Places (June 2019)
- Member Exhibition, Saratoga Arts (Dec. 2018 – Jan. 2019)
- 10x10 Exhibition, Saratoga Arts (June – Sept. 2018)
- Waterfalls I Have Loved, Saratoga Arts Reception Area Gallery, Art in Public Places (June 2018)
- Member Exhibition, Saratoga Arts (Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018)
- Sunrise, Sunset: Upper Hudson River Reflections, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Art in Public Places (Sept. 2017)
- 10x10 Exhibition, Saratoga Arts (June – Sept. 2017)
- Member Exhibition, Saratoga Arts (Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017)
- 10x10 Exhibition, Saratoga Arts (June – Sept. 2016)
- Impressions of Fall, Hadley-Luzerne Public Library (Sept. 2015)
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund fundraising campaign with Burger King and Valvoline Instant Oil Change (2019)
- Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Photo Contest (third place and honorable mention, 2019)
- Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Photo Contest (two honorable mentions, 2017)
- Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Photo Contest (third place, 2015)
- Blog/journal articles, SusanTaraMeyer.com (July 2012 – present)
- 50x50 (hand-bound gift book, 2017)
- New Eyes (poetry collection, hand-bound chapbook, 2008)
- Selected Poems (poetry collection, hand-bound edition, 2007)
- The Spaces in Between (poetry collection, hand-bound edition, 2007)
- Shaking the Tree (poetry collection, hand-bound edition, 2006)
- “Five” (poem), Mothering: The Magazine of Natural Family Living, (March/April 2004, issue #123)
- The Dandelion Years (poetry collection, hand-bound edition, 2003)
- Inner Space (poetry collection, hand-bound edition, 2003)
- “Birth” (poem), Mothering: The Magazine of Natural Family Living, (Fall 1996, issue #80)
My daughter and three-year-old granddaughter, Ava, slept over last night. This morning before I left for work, Ava asked to see my jewelry box. She wanted to line up all my earrings and look at them, which is one of the rituals she does every time she comes over. As...read more
The deep cleaning continues... I'm cleaning the house in preparation for an at-home writing retreat next week. I was going to go elsewhere for it, but there’s really no place I’d rather be than right here overlooking the river and able to go kayaking for inspiration....read more