Returning to the Self {Personal}

It has been three years since I have created any artwork for myself. Three years. I can barely wrap my head around that.

It felt so good to create art for myself. Working with the self is an odd juxtaposition of vulnerability and strength, fear and pride. I am still working out the kinks, hiding less and sharing more.

I will be blending my two worlds in this new website, bringing forth my personal art to be examined in the daylight. Although these weren’t shot on film, I will find my way back to the darkroom again soon. I miss the process. It’s so beautiful and empowering. Some of the best times were when I would be developing film or prints in the darkroom while at USF. Whether it included blasting Florence + the Machine with a room full of friends, or working quietly alone at 2AM, listening to NPR or The Antlers’s “Hospice” album.

As John Lennon so wisely put it, life happens when you’re busy making other plans. I have birthed two sons in the past three years. I can’t wait to create art with them. I can’t wait to teach them about the fundamentals of photography. I can’t wait to encourage them to explore their own thoughts and feelings. I can’t wait to see them create.

Here are some of my recent works: veiled and vulnerable in the light.

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