Last night was a trip.
Yours truly was on an internet radio show (follow that link to listen) talking a bit about my thought process as a photographer and my project on Human Trafficking. First, I have to thank the radio show host Michaella ... she's awesome and I felt she really helped me along (because you know, speaking is actually an art).
Some things from the show, got me thinking though. That's what happens when someone asks you questions, especially about a thought process that you have to define and articulate, especially when really it's something I've never thought about. Why? For me, making art comes naturally. I don't think about it too much, I just see it in my head, and then work to bend the universe and it's people, to my vision.
The biggest question that stumped me though was about the darkness, as a subject that often runs through my images. I'm not sure I answered the question very well because I've never really thought why I gravitate toward it. In simple terms, I often shoot darker or thought provoking imagery because I must satiate my dark passenger. (Just kidding, or am I?)
In my photography, you will often see the dichotomies that I present. My mask series illustrates this easily. A beautiful woman, soft skin, nude, with a demon mask ... things like that. Beauty comes in many forms. I've also been gravitating toward lighter stuff too.
My lighter side, which has also been illuminating to me:
And I'd love to do more of these sorts of implied nudes. Sure shooting women that are between 18-25 is all good, but I'm also searching for women between the ages of 30-50.
Anyway, I got out of my comfort zone. It was challenging. But rewarding. It's something I can say I've done. And could do again. So hey, if YOU'RE on the fence - about anything, just jump and do it. That's where real growth happens. And it's rather invigorating.