At the moment, the news seems to be a constant stream of glibness and despair, and then, like the sun breaking through the clouds, there’s Michelle Obama. In a new (and aptly named book), Chasing Light offers up a collection of intimate, behind the scenes photographs of The First Lady captured by one of the Official White House Photographers, Amanda Lucidon.
Talking to Good Morning America, Lucidon explained that she saw the First Lady as a source of light, “I hope that people see the light inside themselves...sometimes we need other people to bring that out in us. Mrs Obama was one of the people who brought it out in me.”
The first lady always taught us the challenges that you've encountered in your life are actually your strengths. They're not your weaknesses. They're the things that teach you resilience
Lucidon, one of the only female White House photographers in history, spent four years in The White House taking photographs of both The First Lady’s public appearances. For this collection, she’s selected 150 candid photos, many of which have never been seen by the public, that exemplify exactly what it is about Michelle Obama that made her one of the most admired and deeply respected First Ladies in history. “The first lady always taught us the challenges that you've encountered in your life are actually your strengths. They're not your weaknesses. They're the things that teach you resilience,” Lucidon explained.
The Pool has been given a preview of some of the photos that will appear in the book and they are just as wonderful as you might hope.
There’s Michelle, standing nonchalantly in a tree pose, laughing while a little boy pulls off a, frankly, impressive back bend to catch a glimpse of the First Lady during a yoga class.
There’s Michelle, walking onto Air Force One completely alone, the blue sky behind her.
There’s Michelle, talking with a group of girls in Liberia. Look at their faces; the width of their smiles, the excitement in their eyes as they live through a moment they will one day tell their daughters about.
There’s Michelle, harvesting a leafy green vegetable that I honestly can’t identify but for her, I’d eat it.
There’s Michelle, twice. Which is essentially what heaven must look like.
There’s Michelle, hand in hand with Barack, laughing about something that will forever stay just between the two of them.
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