Wanted to make a picture of a heart made of masks. I watched “The Menu” and the ending got me reflecting on creating from love vs creating from obsession. How one leads to greatness and the other eventually leads to creative decline. Through this reflection I realized that a lot of my Photography has been motivated by obsession and the feeling that I need to live up to a standard instead of how much I love doing it. Now I make sure I only create from love. But this concept should be applied to all of life. Love ascends.
For a while I was calling this series “Taming The Lion.” It was a metaphor for quieting that unpleasant roaring sound in your head. That roar being the negative and anxiety inducing thoughts that hold you back and drown out all the positivity in the world. Whether that be self doubt, trauma, or depression. Now I call it “Becoming the Lion” because the Lion has a different meaning to me now. It isn’t a predator with a loud roar that we don’t want to be attacked by. It’s the beautiful and powerful animal we want to be.
Ever sit in a wide open and beautiful space and suddenly felt walls closing in on you? Shoulders tightening, claustrophobia kicking in as your resistance and negative thoughts held you prisoner inside yourself. But how do you liberate yourself? You simply stop caring, exit your mind and enter the moment. Presence is what allows our heart and soul to take over and light the way.
Have you ever felt a need to hide something? A side of yourself, something you’ve done, or don’t want to admit? I have and it’s hard to uncover yourself. I have a dark side and so do you. But do you have an outlet for the darker side of yourself that you might be afraid to show?
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