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Attitude of Gratitude: Inspired by images’ reception, photographer creates book

Kim Weiss captured images of sunrises from the terrace of her Boynton Beach apartment. Photo provided

By Steve Pike

“There is never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.’’ — Carlos Santana   

   Kim Weiss can relate to a guitar legend’s sentiments. So much so, in fact, that she has authored a book called Sunrise Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude.
The book features a collection of orange-hued sunrise and sunset pictures Weiss took from the terrace of her Boynton Beach apartment that overlooks the Boynton Beach marina, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Each picture is accompanied by an inspirational passage from people such as daytime TV star Gloria Loring, poet Rodger Kamenetz and sci-fi author J. Gabriel Gates.
Weiss, the director of communication of Health Communications Inc., the book’s publisher, debuted Sunrise Sunset on Nov. 1 at Barnes & Noble at University Commons in Boca Raton. She will have another book signing Nov. 16 at Unity Church in Delray Beach and appear at the Miami Book Fair on Nov. 22-23.
A portion of the proceeds from the book (shelf price $10.95) will be donated to the Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse organization in Delray Beach.
Weiss didn’t start out to publish a book of her photographs.
“I wasn’t taking pictures for a book. I was just taking pictures,’’ she said.     The book sprung from the reactions she received from friends and family whom she sent the pictures to via email and through her Facebook page.
“The reactions were surprising to me,’’ Weiss said. “People told me they actually used these pictures during meditation in the mornings.’’
Weiss said she originally balked at the idea of publishing a book of the photographs, but eventually decided to use her 20 years of connections in the publishing community to get it done.
“I’ve gotten to meet some pretty illustrious characters along the way,’’ she said.
Most of the photographs in the book were taken with a Canon PowerShot camera. A few, Weiss said, were taken with her iPhone. Weiss, her editor and art director culled through hundreds of photographs before setting on the 52 that appear in the book.
While photography is a hobby for Weiss, music is more a passion. A trained vocalist and musician, Weiss has performed locally and recently wrote the theme song for a women’s conference.
“I call myself a ‘creative compulsive,’ ’’ said Weiss, who has lived in South Florida for more than 30 years. “I’m just someone who really appreciates beauty. I was raised by a mother who exposed me to the arts. I was raised more to be a musician. Growing up in New Jersey, close to New York City, I was exposed to a lot. I consider myself lucky in that regard.’’
And in regard to her next book, Weiss wants to stay with the nature theme — maybe.
“I also have a pretty nice collection of photos of my cat (Annabelle)’’ she said. “So I’m thinking either clouds or cat. Anything that’s universally loved.’’

Kim Weiss captured an image of an osprey perched on her terrace. Photo provided

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