Last studio model shoot for The Women We Are!!!!
Show opens in only two months…
How do you think about seeing familiar places? Do you get bored with your surroundings, and can you see familiar things as if seeing them with fresh eyes?
Great question, friend!
Everything changes…and I love observing my surroundings, people, community…life in general…so I enjoy most all spaces, including familiar ones.
I have to admit though, that a new and exciting place is very inspiring for me. Especially when shooting a familiar subject.
And i love adventure and travel…LOVE them.
Self Portrait with my Husband | August 2014
Today marks 14 years of marriage with my best friend, lover, and life partner.
sledmanx asked: Your images don't seem to me to be dark at all. Do you feel like they are sometimes inadequately expressed in your images? Am I hijacking your ask time? Ha.
Yes. Sometimes the images do not adequately express what I’m feeling. But I keep trying. And sometimes just the process is enough for me. I’ve enjoyed the hijacking! Great questions, Adam!!
sledmanx asked: Why do you think it's important to process emotion? What does that mean to you? How does a visual expression of that change the emotion? It seems that such expression would absolutely make you more naked than the physical nakedness from your images.
I internalize emotions, especially dark ones, unless I can find a way to express them…either through imagery or writing. My art is a therapy of sorts. If I can’t process the emotions they become a kind of anxiety that builds and fills me. The visual expression releases the emotion (to some degree).
For many, I am sure that this form of expression would make them feel more naked than true nakedness…but for me it does not. I helps me relate to others and, sometimes, others can relate to my work and when that happens I don’t feel alone in my emotions.
sledmanx asked: How do you find the courage to express your emotions visually in such a very open way? It seems that so much of our online interactions allow others to criticize or scrutinize our expression.
My courage comes from necessity. Sharing my art is part of the processing of emotion for me. Before I had the internet to share I did so in art collectives and groups and there was a great period of time where I didn’t create the way that I do now as there was just no room for it in my life.
I have had little scrutiny expressed to me personally, but when I do I use it to progress.
sledmanx asked: How do you manage to remain prolific in your creativity? Thanks, Adam
First of all, thank you for the compliment!
So much of my creativity comes from my day to day emotion and curiosities about my community, my family and friends and people and how they interact.
Photography has been the one continuing way that I process emotion and experience. That, coupled with my compulsion to document my life (those in my life, experiences around me, etc) is what makes up my imagery.
I’m also not afraid of sharing very intimate aspects of emotion. I relate best to art that evokes emotion, so I am compelled to create art that is of the same flavor.
amusingjenn asked: What was the impetus behind your "Women We Are" series?
Good question, amusingjenn!
The Women We Are began as a visual investigation of three women and the relationships they share with their bodies. Over three months time, 85 images were created to be submitted as a collection for a collaborative book and blog project. During those months, I spoke to the women in my community about the project; about their relationships with their bodies. Many offered to model for me simply for the experience of having their image made. As I shot the models for the book project, I also photographed a handful of my close friends, sometimes individually and sometimes in large groups. And when the book project was cut short just after the shooting and editing was complete, I couldn’t stop documenting.
The Women We Are has evolved into more than a collective visual story about body image. It has become a visual cross-section of the body images of my female community here in Mid-Michigan.
It has taken on a life of its own and many of the models involved have continually commented at how amazing they feel being a part of the project…which makes me feel incredible!!!