A crack in everything......
The last few Souls shoots have been formidable, complex, arduous, confronting. I am grasping to find the right words, these words seem a little excessive or not exactly what I am trying to convey.
Souls of Byron is unlike anything I have worked on. It is an creation unto its own, it is turning up at each corner at each place I arrive. When you are meeting souls deeply and hearing and feeling the stories, its not something to leave at the front door when you arrive home. It is the little threads that weave into the lives of Elie and I, these stories and interactions are having a deep affect on the both of us.
For what feels like the first time in my life, I truly get to see another. Going behind the masks we wear, behind the persona, I am excavating, digging gently, I see the gold, I find the little insecurities, the little quirks, the real, the raw, so damn endearing!
I have only been able to do this for the first time since I have embraced my own darkness, my own imperfections. Fallen in love with my real, my frayed, my everything. I am finally allowing myself to be seen in all my fullness. This has opened my eyes, MY HEART as I am now able to see others clearly with the eyes of my heart. I see you! All of you! The messy, the clumsy, the intense, the delightful, so much richness in the authentic.
Nothing really beautiful is perfect, the flaw is the mark, the indicator of humanness. I love capturing certain faces, not the obvious ones you would think, the ones with the stories of yesteryear, crevices that expose roads travelled, eyes that reveal it all. Give me your story, your scars, show me your everything. Acknowledging that we are ‘all of it' is liberating. It is all of the parts that make our uniqueness. I love the concept of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold, there is an understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. The more broken, the more beauty, the more depth. It is the authenticity that is so deeply moving, I am flooded by the courage and complexity of this being human. Keep showing up courageous ones x.