Polaroid Photographs by Cole Norton.

Human beauty stirs us toward creation. Exposed, we may find that we see ourselves in the eyes of others, as if in a mirror. To witness beauty with compassion is to find compassion for ourselves. Our past, our present, and our future.

This series is for Anna, a jewel of this world. Beyond her beauty, the strength of her spirit lightens our own load.

Yesterday I learned of the passing of photographer Ren Hang, a true creator of beauty. I am reminded again how we must be courageous to put truth and beauty into this world.