Joel Geffen is a photographic artist who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Finding inspiration from Brett Weston, Michael Kenna, and Mark Rothko, he creates close-ups and abstractions, often grounded in the world of nature. All express a sensitivity to form and feeling. Joel’s images are meditations. Also, drawing upon the work of surrealist Duane Michals and contemporary pictorialist Priska Wettstein, Joel creates visual narrations rooted in personal symbolism and metaphor. Combining creative writing with photography, he is currently producing a memoir, seeking to express deep feelings revolving around the suicide of his mother. It is his hope that this project, rather than simply being a solipsistic cleansing, will ultimately take shape as a book and traveling photographic exhibit that can help others heal from their traumas.