About Maria Miller
In 2011, I found myself immersed – not by my own choosing – in the ultimate solitude. This was the year that my dad passed away. I had lost my mom, with whom I was very close, to cancer four years before. Being an only child and having no extended family in Canada, my dad represented the final connection I had to family. Without him, I was suddenly, profoundly, alone.
I was blessed, fortunately, with a devoted fiancé whose family welcomed me compassionately into their fold. It was on our honeymoon that I recognized that this new chapter in my life was an opportunity to establish new memories. With my camera and my new husband Adam by my side, I documented our trip around Europe – from Ireland to Italy to the Czech Republic, and all the stunning landscapes and human monuments in between. I found myself in awe of this new perspective granted to me from behind the lens. My passion and my purpose were awakened.
Through my photography I have come to embrace my solace. I cherish the quiet mornings I spend awaiting the sunrise, and the rare moments without intrusion to capture a well-travelled, picturesque spot in a familiar place. Through my photography I honour my dad’s love of nature and my mom’s appreciation for beauty. I remain connected to those I love by seeing the wildness of life and the world around us through their eyes.
My intention within my photography is to reveal a sense of place, and a sense of peace, to which we may all connect. In the exquisiteness of solitude may we all discover beauty, inspiration, healing and joy.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring