so set a fire down in my soul,
that I can't contain,
that I can't control..
I learned a whole lot today while shooting with Jobi at the river. I, for the first time, spent some serious time in front of someone else's camera and let me tell you - if you haven't done it, you should. It's humbling. I began to understand what it is to be in front of my camera; How it feels and how confusing or easy we can make it with the words we use and the way we approach a shoot. I find, now, that I have words for why I love photography.. just from spending time in front of one. I partook in the vulnerability and sometimes awkwardness that can occur and It got me thinking. I love photography because it's a portal to the soul. I love that when you put someone in front of a camera you get a glimpse into who they are - and that is special. I feel privileged to be able to see people the way others may not get the chance to. I gained words to be able to express that I want people to be who they are in front of my camera. I have never liked posing people.. because it defeats what I see as the purpose of photography. To capture who someone is at that moment in time. We have enough masking in this life, can we, if not just for one moment, be raw and true to who we are? even if it's awkward?
This shot is a milestone for me. I have been wanting to do a real conceptual piece with someone besides myself (this is what happens when two photographers go out for a shoot and can't find any available models..) for a long time now and we finally had the chance. It was freeeeeezing out there, but totally worth it. I love how it turned out and I love how this photo even speaks to who Jobi is. One of my favorite things about art is that it can be so many things to so many different people. This photo for me is a lot of things. It speaks to the Wild in me, the fierce and passionate flame that burns in my soul. It's also a reminder of sorts. To me it represents a sacrifice, a marking point, an alter for all the things God has done in me over the last year. I hope you too find meaning in the depths of this image.
you can check out the behind the scenes & post processing by clicking here