“you make me happy”
i’m here, living,
only thinking about dying;
realizing that may be the first acknowledgment,
in order to
blurred humans are light.
i walked back to my home so exhausted from living so lively. what a beautiful way to earn some shut eye while the sky releases it’s tears because they saw how beautiful today was too.
this bush is J O Y!
there are so very many individual flowers on the cusp of blossoming. i rest assured that we are all;
in this blossoming state,
in different ways, times, & places;
yet all at once.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, making, connecting, & writing lately.
I am re-evaluating where I stand with my art and how I share & exhibit it.
My latest work has been so close to my heart, it feels like a lot of it rips out pieces of myself and I’m not totally sure I’m doing it justice.
I consider myself to be open, publically, but lately, I’ve been the most vulnerable on social media platforms I have ever been.
This new work is at an intersection where I start to decide what gets held back.
Change is coming, and I am excited to follow my path in pursuit of my heart and truth.
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Do you have that one thing you enjoy doing but you don’t know why so you don’t make time for it?
I would go catch that and see what unfolds in you.
one of the only dictionary definitions that i come to terms with:
a feeling or atmosphere so intense as to seem almost tangible.
it’s this thing called film & this person called hallie. -
thank you @xaviplax
Be careful what you wish for,
or at least
Be real intentional.
Feeling blissed & blessed by these people. We spend hours and hours together in the dark, watch paper float, make negatives of different shades of grey, and this one time, we all shot together outside!
Thank you for being family. 📷🎞
I have images from this trip I will not be editng or sharing. -
We made our way into the park (before it opened) and were shooting from the road. A man approached us asking to see our permit.
This work we do is strictly personal and we do not work with brands or companies. Amanda is wearing a $20 jumpsuit and all the outfits we wear during our travels are styled by us because we like to dress up.
It’s important to respect the people who own the land we found ourselves shooting on. -
As photographers, I think it’s easy to think the world as ours; and we have the ability to shoot any part of it we desire.
A wake up call at sunrise reminded us how being ignorant does not let it pass.
We have to know about the world we live in.
So, now we know better. We learned a whole lot on this trip and next time, I will hold myself to my word and put into practice what I truly believe.
One of many reasons I am drawn to photography is:
In order for me to believe something is real,
I have to capture it for myself. -
All this is;
yet in the end
is any of it
flowers, grass, dirt, or water. -
when I photograph people, I choose to literally step into these elements. bare feet or body rooting myself to the earth while I flow in the free flood of creativity. -
I find myself in a,
seat of creation.
i remember waiting outside the locked car and found a great interest in the sand. the color, texture, and mixture on the tire. i wasn’t quite sure why i was so interested at the time.
now i come to realize, it was reminding me to slow down.
i turned around, opened the car door, and saw this reflection in the glass. -
do yourself a favor;
allow yourself to follow
Sometimes we must
for things to go right. -
I ask myself for something to exist as a sign of time.
A chance for me to say
“I am one of a kind!”
We must have hit the perfect bump in the road because as I raised my lens,
the point of my finger
released the shutter once.
the best life.
These days when we see beauty, we think their life must be, beautiful. What if it wasn’t? What if we shifted this trend? What if we realized that there are so many aspects to a ‘life’ we don’t touch, hear, see, or taste? What if we decided to tell ourselves the most beautiful things in life, are those we cannot see? What if we decided to tell ourselves the tangible objects were supplemental? What if we said: vision, breath, smell, relationships, passion, dance, creativity (& more) defined,
B E A U T Y.
Oh, Happy EARTH Day.
We have the same mom,
We were born from the same;
We live together.
I hope you notice this. -
It’s an incredible paradox to read so many captions on Earth 🌏 Day that make light of enjoying it “while we sill can.” Just like our own, the Earth’s LIFE, is not permanent,
it will have an end too.
If we really loved our Mom, we would tell her, remind her, and act upon the meaning of, “I love you,” every damn day of OUR lives.
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A home out there we didn’t know awaited us. -
Home is not a single place. It is found where you are.
Learning (how to be)
two rivals in the same game.
you cannot have one without the other. -
i’m talking about the monuments... and light
do you see how they’re
There’s a whole lotta something out there.
Let us stand our ground.
Let us share our hearts.
Let us articulate our stories.
Let us learn our soul.
Let us be our own.
I hope you decide to let yourself do things in life that leave you speechless in the moment of inception.
I hope you decide to be uncomfortable and willing to let go;
only to find truth in who you are. -
I find myself caught up in my own
wind storm much of the time.
We have our own system.
Is our nose
Of the dangers
Taught to them
When they didn’t know
How to cleanse
The pain of it.
the joy of it.
No one really knows where
Ending in a story of their own.
Where do the memories go?
To find a medium of work that allows one to document their life
something of it,
makes it seem
a little more
Why orange you dancing simply because you woke up
Our bodies may be grounded, but are our souls?
video edit @amanda.passey
A M A N D A.
A man, da.
A (hu)man, duh.
when you’re feeling small,
because we are.
We said the light wasn’t good.
Enough to shoot.
We thought we had to wait for sunrise, or sunset.
The break, the crack of light seeping through the edge of our crust to make the golden squished light.
And realized all that doesn’t matter
If you don’t talk about
We were nervous;
What if we had just realized
every part of our day we could
find “good” light and photograph anything we wanted?
Maybe that seemed more
than waiting for the sun to fall into the horizon.
“No one told you to...”
W O M E N of the W O R L D.
We think we have no power,
we have all the power in the world.
is looking, watching,
waiting for us to notice.
So many times we are only our
in an image.
Have you ever noticed your
aura & soul?
Can you see mine?
It’s as faint as a flicker of a star,
but as strong as
the sharpest diamond in the world.
We have it but allow ourselves to forget,
that our power lies in the middle of our chest that spreads to everything we touch.
Don’t quiet it.
I keep hearing
“It’s so fun watching you learn, grow up, and become the person you are!”
I understand how little I know, and that there is so much more to know. -
But I also want these people to
re-read what I just wrote. -
If you’re still here, that means there’s still time! You’re still a child and you’re still learning, you’re still growing up, and you’re still becoming your person!
So why are you holding yourself back?
There is so much more to explore.
I hope you allow
yourself to experience the things that await you. Because one thing I do know, is that
life is about learning, and jeez, it doesn’t stop.
T R A N S C E N D .
go beyond, rise above, surpass. -
ironically (or is it) that this is the word on my (digital) film cards. -
more and more I believe photography is beyond “seeing.” it is more than what the eye “looks” at that makes an image “speak.”
or is it the most difficult task of all;
to relay YOUR intentional emotion to a “viewer.”