"Karma Dahlia II"

Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven’t time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
— Georgia O'Keeffe

The idea that we each see the world differently is perhaps that which gives us artists inspiration to create. The world I see, is never the same world you see. We come to each object, color, or view, with an infinite number of experiences and emotions that shape our sight. You and I see with different eyes, and thank goodness - because what you create helps me see freshly, expands my world, my views, and so the cycle continues. 

I was invited to photograph, and film, my dear friend, artist Krista Shoening, creating her largest addition to a wonderful series of paintings. I truly love the way in which she elevates the flower. The flower is such a simple, little flourish of nature, we forget to really look, really see it. The immensity of color, shapes, and fullness in Krista's painting invites me to see the wild abundance, the profound beauty - of a flower, being a flower.

I made my first short video of Krista's painting which I so thoroughly enjoyed. 

"I Contain Multitudes"

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes
— Walt Whitman

We contain so many sides, and contradictory layers that make us one 'self.' And yet so often we feel we must pick one, one corner to show the world - this is 'me.'

When my dear friend (and very talented photographer) Hannah Weatherford approached me with an idea of portraying two sides of herself: both masculine and feminine, I was excited by the challenge. 

And I was surprised by what appeared. After shooting many hours, two wardrobe changes, and a self-given razor haircut later, the resulting photos were not what we expected. The feminine portrait was strong, angular and forceful almost defiant. As though she was challenging the large, black, bulk of the camera to discover and convey what was in her mind.  While the masculine Hannah appeared at ease, not noticing me and the lens, as though there was nothing to say back to the camera this time. I was simply a witness here, gently guiding the light and pressing the shutter.

I would have imagined the feeling of the images to be reversed, yet this is what appeared.

Each of us has so many seemingly contradictory sides within. To embrace and hold all aspects with love and attention is an incredible gift to oneself. I feel fortunate to have friends and tools, to explore and support one another in our growth, and acceptance of self.