I got together with my good friend, Jenn the other day. She's a local photographer and has always been a source of creative wisdom for me. It had been a while since we had seen each other, so when I arrived at her door I was greeted with the most welcoming smile. ''Come in, let's just sit for awhile''. Please. Whenever we get together I always feel like I'm hitting a reset button. There are a few people that I have in my life that I feel live on the same parallels. Jenn being one of them. We laughed about how we both decided to break out our film cameras, like on the same day. And how we weren't sure if the cut-throat wedding industry was where we were supposed to be.
I always feel like I get a brush up on my photography history when we're together. Jenn is constantly researching new and old artists, trying to see what makes them tick. What sets their work apart. We flipped thru a book on Sally Mann's iconic work and it got me thinking. There is something so candid about the work of some of the greats. It pushes the boundaries on what we perceive to be beautiful and challenges us to take a deeper, ruthless look inside of ourselves. I think it takes extreme fearlessness to open that part of yourself up to the world.
We spoke about shots that still seemed to float around in our minds. Would they be too much? How would they be received? I still have a deep-seeded fear about showing a lot of my work. Or even actually taking the pictures.