Several weeks ago at BLINK Conference, the speaker closing out the conference asked us to close our eyes, and to think of our favorite shoot, write down what that shoot made us feel like, and what words came to mind. From this list, she then asked us to write a "manifesto," why you do what you do.
These pictures are from my favorite shoot, a spontaneous shoot that had just happened the day before with two artists who I greatly admire. I love this shoot because it's so raw and simple. I had barely any makeup on, day-old tangled hair, and there was so much emotion that went into it. I got to dance, and feel and it was such a change from what I'm used to doing for photo shoots. So here it is, my manifesto, why I do what I do...
"To push and break the boundaries of creativity that I feel so very confined by. To completely obliterate and toss away the world's expectations for me... of me, and to find peace in what I see and deem as true beauty, intimacy, art and passion. To suck all of the wasted energy back out of the things I have lost so much time in, and to breathe life into my visions with that very same energy, love, devotion, and loyalty. For me to incorporate what sets my soul on fire to my visions and work; movement, delicacy, wonder, emotion. Whether it be fear, joy, sadness, intensity, or focus."
I will never forget this experience. Ale and Jen took the time to get to know me, to talk to me about my dreams and ambitions. They let me ask questions and they answered so wisely. This experience as a whole has been such an inspiration. Thank you Jen and Ale for opening my eyes and letting me live in a whole new world of creativity, even if it was just for a few hours.
My advice to anyone who may be reading this, write down your manifesto. Why do you do what you do? Are you passionate about it? Or just content? Are you growing and challenging yourself? Or just going about life day by day? Reflect on your manifesto, maybe you will find that you want to make some changes like I realized.
Let 2017 be a year of new things. I know so many people make resolutions and set goals just for them to fall through, but instead, make the choice to make it a good year. We have the power to choose and the power of perspective. This year's "Color of the Year" is Greenery. I am in love with this year's color, not only because of the actual color, but because of what it represents. According to Pantone, "Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings." And not only that, but it also is emblematic of, "the pursuit of personal passions and vitality." I can't think of a better symbol than this to be representing the year 2017. Immerse yourself in it; I plan on buying some plant decor in order for this concept to be at the forefront of my mind as often as possible. No excuses this year, friends. Let's choose.
Photographers: Ale Vidal & Jen Sosa