My goal is to publish 100 different portraits in the first 100 days of 2017. That’s January 1st to April 10th.
That’s it. There are no rules beyond I need to publish something everyday. When I can I’d like to add a quote or story from the subject so people can get to know them better.
I’ll be posting them daily on Instagram and Facebook, but I’ll do my best to recap them here in batches on my site. In all of the different things I’ve photographed over the last 10 years, the thing that draws me to my camera, that keeps me coming back to shooting are the people. I’m a portrait photographer. I don’t take great landscapes, I don’t have an eye for still life photography… I take pictures of people.
I create bonds with people through my camera.
It’s what pushes me to continue to grow and change into a better photographer and a better person.
“There is a French phrase that has always drawn my attention to it. There isn’t a phrase like it in English. It’s dark, but beautiful to me.
You know that feeling you get when you’re on top of a building or on a bridge and you wonder “what would it be like to jump?”. You don’t actually want to die, but you want to jump. Experience something new/different. Feel it.
The phrase is: l’appel du vide.
It translates to ” the call of the void ”
I don’t know why, but I find it hauntingly beautiful and fascinating.”
My last (favorite) memorable interaction with someone else would be with Jamie when we’re in the PNW. It was one of the happiest times in my life. A part from an amazing trip.. She took me on my first REAL hike on what we call now the magical mountain. Where we couldn’t see THING. It was raining, cold, and FOGGY. You couldn’t see but a few feet ahead.
Naturally, we made the most of it and just took in the nature and acted goofy as hell. We got to the top and realized there wasn’t a single person on this ENTIRE mountain with us. No one passed us, no one came up behind us. No cars in the parking lot. Just 2 small girls spinning in circles and singing songs from the sound of music on top of this mountain in the furthest west corner of the United States.
On the way down, the clouds parted! We could see! and WHOA! all THIS was out here the whole time?! Just mountains and trees and rays of sun gleaming all around. so beautiful! unrealistic! Once we got to the car the sun was setting and we started the drive down. All the clouds had dispersed and the fullest, brightest moon you could ever see was out. The sky was this majestic blue. We played our favorite and most fitting playlist for this type of weather.
The twilight playlist.
That music is just so perfect for nature! With the brightest light from the moon i’ve ever seen bouncing off the wet street, the trees spiraling around us (slowly) and clair de lune playing. We didn’t speak for what seemed forever. Just gasping from what was happening. and Jamie slammed on the brakes (we were only going like 5mph haha), got out of the car and stared at the moon and i got out and stood right beside her and she looked at me with the giddiest smile and said “I’ve never felt this happy in my whole entire life. Our friendship is at a whole new level now. One i never knew even existed” and she was right. The bond we have is something I have never felt with anyone else. a love for a someone who truly is your best friend. brought to its fullest strength by one magical mountain
“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” -Oscar Wilde
This is it. The time to throw myself, into art, into music, into passion. I’ve been observing and thinking and learning, and now it is the time for doing. I am ready to love deeper and to grow.
There is bravery and boldness all around me, and I find courage in seeing it flourish in the people that work hard.
So here is to embracing experiences and opportunities, and to welcoming the terrifying changes that are inevitable with growth.