I recently challenged myself to be bold by communicating clearly and concisely. The practice fell into natural succession with the autonomy I’d grown into. But, with time, I realized that being bold is more nuanced than the brazen act I thought it was. To be bold is to be authentic. And, with each new act of authenticity, I have brought my beliefs about myself and the world’s perceptions of me into closer alignment.
Since discovering the connective potential of authentic communication I’ve become fascinated by the captivating quality of some photographs. Composition, exposure, focus are essential parameters of any picture, yet no repeatable formulation of them seems to captivate me. Vulnerability, curiosity, transparency—the qualitative aspects of authentic interactions between a photographer and their subject—are more likely to draw me in. This inspires me to make impactful images.
I approach my current work with vulnerability, curiosity, and transparency. When I take photos of people, I encourage authentic expression. Later, when I present them, I invite curious observation. I want my work to inspire the people who engage with it to explore their beliefs about themselves and the world’s perception of them the same way I have through my practice of being bold.