It felt time to do a big spring clean and relaunch this website, and I'm so ready for it - there are still some things I need to tweak (I know the galleries are huge! - I'm working on figuring those out for sure!) I'm constantly changing and growing as an artist, and I'm really excited to be able to update the portfolio with some of my more recent work, and current editing. I hope that they really highlight how much I love colour, candid moments, telling stories, and making portraits of rad people.
More updates to come over time, but first, this week I'll be working hard like a champ on my thesis. It's a huge project, but I'm so excited about all the different elements of it, especially because it's a photo essay. I've been doing a ton of reading for it, and I feel like my brain is full of so much inspiration - I really can't wait to get deeper into all of it. To do this, one thing I've decided to do is go away for a few days once a month for the next few months. Some space that's totally neutral, quiet, and hopefully tucked away in nature somewhere. I did this in January, and it was so helpful, so I'm going to continue this trend, and just keep writing away in the woods like I'm Bon Iver.
Speaking of - I've slowly started to add more personal work to my portfolio, including an ongoing series called "Spaces I Called My Own", all about revisiting places I remember from when I was a kid, and photographing them through the presence of adulthood. It's on the back burner for now, but I'm excited to get back to work on it.
The project came from this yearning to revisit old familiar places, and recognizing that sort of melancholy feeling that came with realizing I didn't quite belong in them anymore. I've moved a fair amount throughout my life, and I tend to get an urge to travel once or twice every couple of years - almost always somewhere in Canada, almost always somewhere I've been before. Trips back would always include visiting places like my old street and school in Saskatoon, my neighbourhood in Thunder Bay, and even this summer, my old high school before it closed for good. It's really surreal heading back to these places - you feel the overwhelming tug of the past with your feet planted firmly in the present.
I hope you all love this website refresh - once I get this chapter done for my thesis my next step will definitely be my packed and cluttered office.
For now, I'm going to head to bed with a podcast & tea! Email responses and invoices heading out late tomorrow. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!