A photography retreat in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains was the catalyst to an important change in my photographic direction. I was surrounded by nature, disconnected from the constant noise of the internet, and I had time to explore the story of my own life. I started at the beginning, and wrote down my strongest memories, then recorded the emotions that accompanied those memories. The memories were of my childhood as one of the only African American kids in an all white environment, memories of early motherhood, a failing marriage, and being a woman in corporate America. The process was overwhelming, and the emotions tied to the experiences were raw, so I narrowed my focus on a portrait session that visually created what I was feeling.
The emotions captured were personal, but this series represents a struggle that is a human condition. Images were created from a balcony above the model who is laying in a shallow tank made from PVC pipe. The water she lays in represents the fluidity of life, and the landscapes are of places that have brought me peace.
This work is a mixture of photographic genres, personal sensitivities, and my evolving style, which create images that end up having an emotion of their own. My hope is that it stirs something within you, and that through beauty, a visual reference is made.