This Is Happening

This is Happening

Earlier this summer the postman rang our bell, delivering a package that wouldn’t fit in the post box.  My other half instantly comments, “What on earth have you ordered now?”  I don’t remember ordering anything (at least not this time) and so am as curious as he is about its contents.

Inside, I’m surprised find two copies of a book, This Is Happening.  I search my brain.  Why has someone sent me these books?  I have no idea.

Then, as I look at the book a little closer, it clicks and everything comes back to me.  Because there, on the cover, just above the “PE” in Happening is my photo, the photo I’d submitted ages ago to Chronicle Books when they put a call out for submissions to their crowd-sourced Instagram book. I’d only bothered to submit this one photo, and I’d totally forgotten about it until this book showed up on my doorstep.

Swan at Thrupp Lake

I’m a big advocate of mobile photography and the collection of images that editor Bridget Watson Payne has curated really demonstrates the power of this creative medium and the depth and breadth of images that people can create with their phones.  These images serve as reminders that it’s always the camera we have with us that captures the best images and moments.

This is Happening highlights that single, fleeting moment that makes us happy and just begs to be photographed—the perfect cup of coffee, a scenic moment on the morning commute, the joy of new shoes, a loved one’s shy smile.

And I’m excited to be part of this book and share this space with so many photographers I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with online, talented photographers like Meghan Davidson and Lindsey Garrett.


So, if you’re looking for a nice little photo book to stuff in someone’s stocking, look no further.  And, because it’s the season of giving and Chronicle graciously sent me an extra copy of the book, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky commenter.  Simply leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner on December 10th.

Or if you want to get your copy now, the book was just released a couple of weeks ago and is now available at Amazon and other bookstores.


Congratulations to Amanda!  You’ve won the copy of the book.  I’ll be in touch to make arrangements to get it to you.

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  • Reply Amanda December 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    It’s a very beautiful but also haunting photo you submitted. The water is so dark I imagine a body bobbing to the surface to scary that graceful swan!!! (I think that says more about my current state of mind). Ha ha!

  • Reply Honey Lightner December 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    That’s exciting…luv, Yo Honey-G’ma

  • Reply Matma December 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I think I remember this. A moment captured on a winter’s walk. And this capture is true. Thanks for reminding me.

  • Reply Wendy Holub December 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Gorgeous photo Katherine!! Of course, ALL of your photos are gorgeous! Congratulations!! 🙂

  • Reply Fiona December 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    you’re in a book!! congratulations 🙂

  • Reply laura williams December 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Wow! How cool! Lovely photo too… Well done xxx

  • Reply Philippa December 5, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Your picture is in a book! That’s amazing, congratulations! xx

  • Reply Susan Shelton December 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I continue to be in awe of your amazing talent. Between your penchant for the written word, your courage and tenacity in fighting an insidious disease with no complaint, your hitting the marathon trail when your aunt can’t run 200 yards, your ability to catch life’s most previous moments in the mundane, and your raising of a most beautiful child, I applaud u. I can foresee the day when I pick up the newspaper and read where u were elected Prime Minister, or won the New York Marathon. We just didn’t know…
    Your humility kept u from sharing….

  • Reply Anne December 6, 2013 at 1:44 am

    You go Katherine! Congratulations and well done!

  • Reply Kelly December 6, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Oh Katherine, that is too exciting and so deserved! Well done, it is a beautiful image – one I would love even if I didn’t know the beautiful soul who had taken it.

  • Reply Mom December 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

    You are becoming more and more amazing! The photo is incredible! You are a wonder! Congratulations!

  • Reply leonie December 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    wow, thats awesome. well done.

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