Last night I could tell that I’ve been working too hard (12-14 hour days, this whole past week) and my body needed a little extra rest. I set my alarm for 4am, but when it went off I let myself sleep until 5. The only issue with that is that the light isn’t the best then as the sun begins to come up, so instead of rushing out to a location I shot against a white sheet in my garage. And boy, was this a bad one to do in my neighborhood. I looked like I had just escaped a hospital, and there was no shortage of dog walkers slowly walking past this morning.
I have always loved photographing bandages because of how timeless they are while being sad and a signifier of pain at the same time. Old and sad are my favorites. I have been using these bandages since I started taking pictures. I had a vision of a group of girls standing in a circle, abandoned, scared to look out from the bandages that have kept them in the dark.
To me, bravery looks like the person who would peer out from behind the mask they wear to show the world who they are, despite what anyone might say about it. It is the one in the group who looks first, not knowing what they will see, and then encourages others to open their eyes. At some point in our lives, we could all use the encouragement to open our eyes when darkness is much more comforting.
I hope that no matter what you are going through you find the courage to look out at your world with your very own unique eyes and cast your gaze upon it’s wonders. You are sure to change the landscape just by being open to seeing it.
P.S. Very soon I’m releasing a brand new PAY WHAT YOU CAN challenge that I’m so excited for. You’ve got a 50 page e-book coming, daily emails, and all the guidance you could need to take on a CONTENT CREATION challenge. WAHOO!