As a photographer who celebrates love, union, companionship - truly and utterly - I strive to encompass these ideas in my work. A few years ago it became apparent that I had to explore my concept of love and relationship to be able to document and express it genuinely from behind my lens. I was at a crosspoint and had to let everything go so I could be free to learn about myself. And holy fuck what an adventure of highs and lows it is. I had to accept my shortcomings. Despite the difficulties, I kept on and trusted the journey. In a relationship with myself, for better or worse, is the most challenging relationship I’ve ever committed to. Don’t get me wrong, this pursuit isn’t a solitary one, quite the opposite, I’ve never felt more support from family, friends and complete strangers. I realized, your vulnerability is your greatest strength, and when you show it the universe has its way of helping you out, it speaks through all the people I know and love and those I have yet to meet.
This series is a reflection of the past few years of settling into myself; the beginning of a process of trusting, learning and leaning into the beauty that transpires. I began collaborating with fellow photographers and creatives (PK, JS & MK) who where on journeys of their own and knew in order to represent individuality I had to step out of my norm and focus on portraiture. I sought a close friend and photographer to be my muse and I experimented with the relationship of figure and landscape. She embodied the summer days we spent reflecting on themes of love and self-worth. As I explored with my camera, Juli did with writing. Her approach is a little more abstract, but it resonates with my images, read along below. Enjoy this departure from my usual, its something new for me, with more to come.
-subject, creative writings, Juli S