the magic of vera pash | in the woods on lake sammamish, washington
well, this was one of
you can't really plan.
you know, one of those days that
carries with it
there was an energy about this day;
guiding us in our decisions.
and what i believe
this energy was cultivated by
both vera and i.
though it was
"just another rainy-ish + cold winter day
in the pnw"
vera and i each brought along with us:
our creative imaginings,
our collaborative soul searching,
our mutual desire to make something for ourselves
this collaborative energy
carried us beautifully
into the flow.
i use the word flow to describe;
that feeling we get when we are energetically
in sync with
all other living things
that easy kind of energy
that comes when
two or more individuals
decide to create
with equal levels of
for vera and i this collaboration was much about
exploring our relationships with
as fellow photographers/womxn/creatives
and accepting who/how/why we are as we are -
not looking at what needs to be changed.
but celebrating what is.
so often thrown off balance when we see
ourselves in images.
we look, immediately, for our faults.
for the "embarrassing" facial expressions.
or the "imperfect" hairdo.
the "awkward" wrinkles.
the "unseemly" shape we feel our bodies make.
"be perfect!" the world keeps screaming at us.
well, vera and i discussed how very tired we are of this.
so we said fuck that.
let's make something
us as individuals.
as living breathing human beings.
as i photographed vera
tuned into her movements.
i looked for opportunities to create images that were
not "the normal portrait" - how?
by adjusting my camera settings to a
slow shutter speed
and shooting (as i like to) in manual focus
these tactics together can make for some fun af + trippy images
my goal over the past year or so has been to lean in to the uniqueness of
how i see the world.
and for me, much of the world i see can be summed up in that one line sung by billie eilish in "ilomilo"
"the world's a little blurry
or maybe it's my eyes"
i decided to just start shooting this way more often.
plus it has the added benefit of allowing me to feel
i'm painting with my camera.
for this session i brought along with me also some props:
i feel the details of this session all came together
the soft textures
the airy florals
the deep greens juxtaposed with the
warm and cool tones
of vera's yellow skirt + her purple hair.