The photographs in "The Passion of Life" document the entry of the partners into state of 'parenthood'. The images also capture the love between people going through the maternity process. A man wrapping his arms around the love of his life, while she is expecting a child is a true miracle. I remember when my wife, Anne was pregnant with our son, Gregory and how she radiated the beauty that has inspired artists for centuries to paint and sculpt their Madonnas. As her body began to change, Anne's approach to life began to reflect the beauty of the miracle within. Real life quotes and stories are also a big part of the book. These stories come from the heart and soul of each person and bring the two dimensional photographs to life. One such story is below: 'When I was pregnant with my first child, I got up to go to work one morning, and my water broke. We went to the hospital, and I was ensconced in my room by 9:30 a.m. I laboured all day and into the night. Then, at about 1:30 a.m., the doctor told me that it would be about six more hours, as I was only five centimetres dilated. At that point I was going crazy, howling like an animal and screaming, 'Get it out of me, get it out!'
The doctor confirmed that I was asking for a C-section and took my husband out of the room, saying, 'Your wife is not in her right mind, so you have to sign the consent forms if you want us to perform the C-section'. Being the good husband that he is, he signed the forms, and, by 2:30 AM, we had our first bouncing baby boy!'
Renowned photographer, Jay Fletcher, graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in marketing, but there is nothing academic about this self-taught artist with a unique style and an unrivaled eye for tone and texture. Everything Jay does flows from the heart and demonstrates his undying passion for his art - a passion that was first ignited in High School when a teacher showed Jay how to make a pinhole camera from a shoe box. The shoe box is long gone, but the passion remains. As well as being the leading black and white portraiture artist in the Southeast, Jay has also established a reputation as one of the most prestigious and creative photographers of his time. If you love artists who pour their very souls into everything they do, you will love Jay's uncompromising, heartfelt photography in Passion the of Life.