I find when I write down my intentions in life I am more successful in reaching my goals. When I wanted to go sailing with my husband to Tahiti, I kept a journal and wrote a letter about myself in the future-relaxing on the deck of a sailboat anchored in a calm lagoon in a tropical paradise with no worries about finances, bills or work. Within a couple of years I was doing exactly as I had written sans a few minor details and extremely bumpy, scary, tumultuous, and emotional path to get there notwithstanding.
So, when I am working on a new fine art series, I always find it crucial to write down my thoughts and reasons behind the development of it. Eventually, after much trial and error and creative evolution I am able to publish an artist statement. It is at this moment when I finally have a strong vision for my images and can narrow down the existing images to only the ones that fit the statement. I can also then begin to create new images that are only suited to this well thought out vision.
Often, along the way, I have found that a series is no longer relevant to my growth and development as an artist and it might evolve into something else or completely disappear. More often I realize a new series that is tapping on my shoulder whispering in my ear and looking for attention.
I am working on a new series which has evolved over a period of time and is currently feeding ideas into another portrait series about children. I have found that I over think every little thing and so my fine art work involving people as subject has been the most challenging intellectual process for me ever.
The Faithful is an ongoing photographic series celebrating somewhat awkward, private, quiet moments. The images express my vision of the beloved wabi-sabiness of life; the delicate fragility of unaffected people in an honest moment.
They are Cartier-Bresson-type images where that certain decisive moment expresses the tenderness of life. It has taken me years to finally feel worthy of photographing people. In the process of learning to be comfortable as a voyeur, so to speak, I have learned to love the most unforced, open and whimsical portraits of people.
The camera cannot make those I photograph more beautiful than they already are. The images that are precisely amiss and express a natural beauty in humanity are the ones that often touch our hearts the most.