The truth is, I am terrified to create. Also I'm terrified not to.
In the tension between these two things lives a little voice that says it would be so much easier if someone would just ask me to make something. I know that art springs from a place of granting yourself permission, or maybe of a compulsion too strong to resist. But there's still a part of me too timid to claim this for myself.
A year ago, Jen Lemen said, come here for a weekend and let's make some art.
And as I was boarding the plane I thought well, I couldn't ask for a more direct invitation than that.
I landed in the midst of a whirlwind of emotion and I watched through my camera, wondering if it was rude, or voyeuristic, or crazy, to record this stuff. I decided to sit in the discomfort, and also in the love, just witnessing it. I thought maybe the camera could hold space for all of us to process our own moment. Mostly I wanted to be part of creating something that was both beautiful and true. I hope we did that.
Today over at Hopeful World, Jen is releasing our little project to the light. I am so grateful for the invitation to create with Jen and for the nights that I sat side-by-side with my friend Dustin editing. Let's make more things that are beautiful and true.