I shot these a couple weeks ago as part of ATX Squared, an Austin docu photography project with a ton of photographers, each shooting a three block area of East Austin around 12th & Chicon.
In 1928, the city of Austin approved a plan to block general services to black residents unless they moved to East Austin, it remained that way for about 60 years. Once an enclave for the black community, now a rapidly changing neighborhood currently riding the tides of gentrification.
Our assignment was to simply engage. Talk to people. Capture the environment, and notice. These are some of the people I met
I've recently set up a portrait photography studio in my home and i wanted to share our first go at it. Plus, these evocative french artists are creating things and i think you should check them out https://www.facebook.com/corpsmultiple/
finally i'd like to insert a little haiku for you below. that is all, lots of LOVE to YOU today
true love lives in me
it fortifies my heart first
then the water runs
i realized, I don't actually love myself
i love what i do
i love what i create
i love where i live, my community, my friends, my family, my cat
blah blah blah
with all that, i still haven't found sincere SELF love
and how is that? how can i have an abundance of things in my life and still not feel worthy?
cry me a fucking river right!!
so i've been researching. i know how to do that, and this is what i've found so far:
self love is a state of acceptance FIRST. you can do all the "practice self love things" like, eat all the right things, to make all the things, to have all the things, to BE. ALL. THE. THINGS. but it wont matter. you still won't feel in aw of the beauty of who you are. You'll be looking at yourself, and all the things you've created, wanting to fall for that person in front of you, but you still wont find authentic self love.
so then i thought, "how the hell do I accept myself?"
and why haven't i done that yet?!
if you can't already tell i'm very critical and in that very thought i realized, holy shit I'M ALSO:
sensitive, insecure, anxious, reserved, easily embarrassed, compulsive, emotional....etc
these are things I've known for some time but i've never ACCEPTED. or talked about, or written in a blog post, or have been human, raw and vulnerable enough to share. so i'm sharing right here, and if you've had a conversation with me lately you've probably had deal with a lot of over sharing there too, but the point is...
what is the point?....ok so the point IS:
SHARE who you are! it's so not perfect. it's radically flawed. it's embarrassing. but its YOU. this is acceptance for me. being honest with who i am and sharing that shit. weirdly enough this is MY self love
i know we're all grossed out by now about hearing the term "self love" but I had to get this one out so thanks for being here
There's usually a face behind the work, so lets face it (pun intended) most of us need a portrait, headshot or profile picture to support that thing we're doing out there in the world. If you're like me, your portrait might be outdated or just not feel right and that's where I come in. I'd like to shoot you, being radically you to support that thing your making, doing or giving. Yes we're talking photos here but it's also the face of your work so let's get something special! I'm running a thing (I don't want to call it a deal because that feels gross but you know what I mean) check it out:
45 min session
3 high res downloads
Other stuff being that writing can SUCK. What do I say vs what do I want to say? Is this relevant to the photos or who really even cares? I'm hopeful there will be days where I'll have epic stuff to share, maybe pertaining to movement and LIFE, but today is just not one of those. So for now, I looked up a few facts about light to waste just a little bit more of your time:
Did you know the sun is actually white when seen from space because its light is not scattered by our atmosphere?
This one is cool: light has MOMENTUM! what does that mean?! I don't know, but researchers are developing ways to harness the energy to power space travel. fuck yeah
Lastly, I'll end with this cheeky one: a young Sir Isaac Newton stuck needles in his eye sockets to determine if color was coming from outside the eye or from within.
Thanks for being here as I squeeze these out, I know, gross.
Love your comments, love your feed back and love YOU lots. Happy Friday friends!
She can arrive without hesitation and abandoned with out remorse - quite literally the nectar we all hope to embody in our dancing. So when you get a chance to shoot such a highly skilled and dedicated mover, you jump right at that chance and hope beautiful things happen. I think they may have here...
Words and Photography by Sarah Anne Navarrete // Mural by Roy McMakin
I've been thinking a lot about play...
As in movement, choreographic, writing or any creative play for that matter? Particularly the place prior to developing a concept. The, “I have no idea what the fuck I'm doing right now but basking in uncertainty feels right”, phase. Where an idea has yet to be determined, thoughts and concepts are dismantled, and there is little to zero cohesion. A place where you simply ask, "what if?”. And you really do it. You really commit to practicing and playing amidst all the unknown.
My question is: have we forgotten this place? Have we forgotten to play? Are we too busy, too bored, or worse, too scared to creatively play? Have we become immediate gratification junkies determined to bypass play and manufacture easy content neither original nor curious or human. If we cared to create at all. When did getting gratification from our peers hold more precedence than simply playing with an idea that we're genuinely jonesing for?
Bob McKim, a creativity researcher in the 60's and 70's who also led the Stanford Design Program, used to do an exercise with his students where he asked them to draw the person next to them, their neighbor, very quickly, giving them 30 seconds.
The results were always the same with adults. When he asked them to reveal their work to their subjects, they almost always responded to each other with, "I'm sorry." Every student was embarrassed to show their work to their peers and it is this very fear that causes us to be conservative in our thinking and creativity.
Let's say you try this same exercise with kids. They typically have no embarrassment at all, they're kids, ego hasn't landed on their door step yet, so they just proudly show their work to whoever wants to look at it. As adults, and as we increasingly become more sensitive to the opinions of others, we've forgotten to exercise the freedom to OPENLY play.
What's more is if we don't subject ourselves to play, free from the filters of judgment from our peers, we lose out on learning.
Two contemporary dance artists I admire, shared with me what they've experienced and what they felt they had learned during creative play.
"I like to change it up every time because I don’t want to get stuck in my habits. That and I want to experience it in DIVERSE ways."
"COLLABORATION changes everything, even if I have an initial idea I’m really inspired by and let's say I plan to play with that, If I bring someone into the idea - letting them influence that idea. I really value that."
"There is something really nice about SPONTANEITY in play. If there is less pressure you end up producing interesting work. Why? Because you have minimal expectation."
"I ADAPTED my process through play and landed on coherent work. It became a hybrid; my usual approach coupled with a deeper sense of awareness"
"ENDURANCE is so important for the reveal."
are all a byproduct of play.
So this goes without saying: I want you to get out there and play. Play is not just important for creativity, it's necessary.
And I'm not just speaking to artists. Your life and all that exists in it is based on what you:
Play is essential for human potential. By removing the constraints of our everyday world, play allows us to more openly explore possibility. And it's more than just an escape from reality, play offers a window of diversity into our perspective.