Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It's a gift to the world and every being in it. Don't cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you've got.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
What I've got.
The first day of each month an alarm goes off in my phone, it says "Write down your Why." A routine I learned from The Parson's class at the Define School, this is my grounding for photography, a reminder of why I continue to get behind the lens. While I won't share all the details the last part reads;
Because the moments, when you are not thinking about how this will look for everyone else, are sacred. To photograph in that space is to capture truth. Real memories not meant for showing off, but for holding close to your chest, lifting your eyes, and saying a quiet thanks for being alive.
I am starting a personal project. It is quite simple actually, I have been dabbling with "flowers in her hair" and the more I do it, the more it feels like something beautiful and honest lives there, something close to the chest.
So I am going to explore it.
Each month I will photograph a different woman in her own sacred space, her home. Let's uplift you in that space, we will crown you with flowers and dance in your living room, full belly laugh about how silly you feel as you embrace your own beauty. And finally, lets together create art, images that hold the radiance of you. And together let us explore why this feels deeper then just creating pretty images. Why it seems each woman I have photographed feels a rush of life, a refuel of their spirit.
I don't know what it will turn into, I simply know this work deserves to exist. So this is my contribution. This is what I've got.