My deepest gratitudes to all of you that are new here (and have been following! my work.) I am floored by the letters of the heart you have been sending, the requests for prints, and the compliments of this work. As of this posting, this Self-Portrait and “Dear Woman” letter has received over 6,500 likes on Girl Gaze. I took this self-portrait on a very unexpected and magical trip to Nashville during May of 2018. I began composing pieces of the letter in June of 2017, completing it this spring with snippets of original texts from my Love. (“Did you know that loving you is like making art?” Yeah, I have to give him credit for that one.)
This letter and photograph document a time in my life when I started to reclaim my spirit and creativity. It is a reminder to stay faithful in my intuition, courage and path. I hope it can offer some of this and more to you too.
I am looking into making both prints and Dear Woman notecards of this photograph. Sign up here for updates and/or keep an eye out on this blog. If you would like to make a request for a print please contact me here.
In the meantime,
No. 7 - I Will Not Apologize
is up and ready for download. This edition of the series was inspired by the “Dear Woman” letter that accompanies the image above.
Many of us have been conditioned to perform quietly, exist within molds, play small, and accept ceilings and limits that go against our inner values, integrity and dreams. And then, when we challenge these codes we are taught to apologize. Our intuition is minimized, and we are gaslighted and manipulated into believing that our worth is determined by others. But when you stop apologizing for being who you are and what you need, you are vocalizing your boundaries and reclaiming yourself in the process.