2014 was a great year for creative discovery for me. I was able to break down some walls in that realm and really come to understand who I am as an artist. That’s didn’t come without a lot of challenges. Even ones that I took on full knowing their obstacles and delicate nature.
There were so very many special shoots and projects that I did but this one, which you have only seem perhaps two shots from, stands out above all others. The photos themselves are simple. I’ve never even seen them in color. They are true and honest in every way possible.
The project is called “Brutal Honesty” and it was born from having a conversation, and then several more, with a dear friend.
A true exploration of emotion, this project has yielded some of the most honest, intimate and unbiased human connection that I’ve ever experienced. It’s for that reason that you’ve only seen a couple of these images. They are dear to me, but in a very unique way.
I hold pride and ownership over most of my work. They are ideas that I have conceived and created and I’m happy to say so. The Brutal Honesty project is different. It’s far greater than me. The subject, as far as I’m concerned, has just as much creative and emotional ownership of the images as I do. Possibly even more.
It was this project that showed me that what we do as artists… the things we tangibly create… those are just byproducts. My photos are not the point of my photography. It’s the experience of creating them.
As soon as this photo shoot wrapped, myself, the subject and also Hayley, who did hair and makeup, were left feeling invigorated and elated to say the very least.
It’s an incredibly difficult project to put into words, but pretty soon I’m going to give it my best and release it to the world.
I’ll be posting more about this soon, but in the meantime you have to go and challenge yourself. Today and tomorrow are our possibilities but they are only what we make of them.