Sunday morning I drove a few hours from home to visit the Magic Wings Butterfly Garden. While trying to capture a photo a transparent butterfly I came upon this delicate flower a little larger than my thumbnail resting in the shade and on a leaf of one of the bigger trees in the green house. Fortunately I had the time to wait for touch of the sun to come around and awaking its internal soul like it does most of us daily.
Photographer: Thaddeus Miles (Lowell, Massachusetts USA) Registered
Thaddeus Miles envisions sustainable cities. As Director of Public Safety at MassHousing he works with law enforcement and diverse communities throughout Massachusetts confronting the complexities of crime and trauma. He has a long track record, a strong commitment to empowering people and strengthening youth voice, and vision.
Thaddeus garnered insights and strategies from his international work at Harvard Law School and Community/Urban planning programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reinforced his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the most underserved members of our community have genuine opportunities for success and achievement.
He founded the MassIMPACT technology consortium, and co-founded the Neighborhood Network National Consortium. He serves on many nonprofit boards throughout the Commonwealth. His newest partnership “Think Big Dream Big” is a youth driven initiative to jumpstart young people on the journey to a positive future, the fulfillment of their goals, and dreams.
Thaddeus Miles is also an animator and photographer. This led him to become the Board President of Peace* in Focus*: a global non-profit organization that trains youth from underserved and post-conflict communities to be creative peace builders and leaders using photography and grassroots media tools. His immersion in his latest photography projects: “365 a photo a Day in 2012,” and “The African American Church” has strengthened his artistic vision, and illuminated the four pillars of his identity that provide the frame and structure for his photographic journey (Faith/Spirit, Family/Ancestry, Nature/Landscape and People/Community).