It's been almost a year since first conceptualizing an editorial in collaboration with the fantastic Brittany Phillips. I designed and made a small collection out of recycled materials for this shoot. All neutrals; creme and white. Brittany had a vision for shooting in the Glass Mountains in Fairview Oklahoma - an area I'd never been to but was eager to explore. The name is extremely literal. The terra-cotta colored rocks are embellished with crystals that shine like glass in the sunlight. It's so unexpectedly and beautiful, like most hidden gems in Oklahoma. Brittany also connected me to a talented hair and make up artist Rose Swift who gave us the vampy, dewy, tousled hair and make up look we were going for. I also got to work on a second shoot with Irene Mann, who was so patient and gracious with us as we asked her to do the absolute most (from twisting into the silhouettes we dreamed up to laying on sharp rocks and dirt wearing next-to-nothing. Such a trooper.)
It's always a very vulnerable thing to share something you've created - we all loved the photos but wanted to be intentional about how and when we shared them. In the time between then and now, we've worked on creative projects together (Marfa 💞) and apart. All the while, this shoot was in the back of our minds. One thing I've learned all this time is that we may stay this busy for the entirety of our creative careers. We're dreamers and conceptualizers. None of those dreams would come to fruition without the drive and motivation to make it happen. There's rarely a time when just one idea comes in total singularity, uninterrupted by a flood of spin-offs and paradoxes that spiral into something else. We’re often carried so far as creatives that we don’t remember what the original spark was the set it all into motion. It's too easy to leave projects unfinished and say “I'll put this on a drawer." I want to be more intentional the creating and sharing of art.
This year so far has been full of emotion, many bad but some very good. I know I'm my best self when I'm letting myself be present in those feelings and creating whatever the byproduct of joys and hardships may be. So now it's 2:14am and I've spent the last few hours creating. I don't know if I can say I've felt more at peace than in those few hours than I have in months. Making art just to make art in a place of true vulnerability with self - admitting frustrations, being magnanimous with weakness, the letting go of what's let go. The cathartic release of creating - it's healing, transformative, strange and familiar. So much of self is found in that space. I hope these extremely imperfect pieces speak something to you as they did to me. something good and true. We've always had the power to reclaim an immovable foundation through all of life's storms (and when we feel a little too high-off-the-ground in faux happy). That, to me, is pretty extraordinary.
Here are a few of the most loved original images from the shoot. Thank you Brittany, Irene, and Rose for making this such a lovely and memorable project.