I used to do video. I decided to re-expolore my past and remind myself that I really feel moving pictures are important.
A “Proof of Life” Portrait Photography Session stems from some philosophical photography stuff I was working through a few years ago. I was having a lot of trouble marrying the idea that we should look good outwardly to feel good inwardly. I am talking beyond the basics of bathing and overall personal hygiene. I mean, how we are all conforming to our culture’s idea of beauty. I was doing these photographs of people where they were overly done up and posed and I felt a little empty.
A lot of self-reflection and insight over the years brought me here: it’s ok if you want to look great. Great can have its own definition for every person. Done up, not done up, casual, Kardashian make-up, a little make-up, no make up. Extra Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, A, B, C, D, DD, HH, etc, etc…. What came out of this was, we don’t look the way we feel all the time. We get done up, create these personas who are also a part of who we are.
What I have been witnessing in this age of Instagram, Facebook, etc…, is this type of perfection and over-glamourization of oneself and one’s life. I say, what is wrong with having a completely normal and mundane life? So, without going into too much detail, this is why I created this session called “Proof of Life.” I want to show your future self and future loved ones, who you are in your quietest moments. We are not only about all of our achievements, our failures, our travels, what we eat, what we read, what we wear, what we do. We are about the everyday. That is the majority of our life. That has to be remembered. It’s our reality. It is worth loving and documenting.
Check out the old post below this video where I was working all of it out still. Interesting….