Through conversation with my fellow photographer friend, Christine, I gained a deeper awareness of how my photography practice needed to transform to communicate how I've changed over this past year. Together, we focused on values and how different photographic techniques can support our values. Over the Summer, Christine helped me create a structure and process for connecting visuals to values. With that framework, I was able to make meaningful images even when beauty was impossible for me be present with due to metal health challenges.
Belonging, comfort, and tenderness emerged as the values that became central to my healing. The changes I made were subtle, simple, and specific to my mental health needs. In practical terms, I stopped increasing contrast and adjusting levels, and I over-exposed while photographing from within shadows only on overcast days.
Reflections for 2022:
How have you connected to your creativity even when disconnected from beauty?
What values will you bring into your life and photo practice next year?
Enjoy the contents of this letter in whichever way best nourishes your life and photo practice and
be on the lookout for next year's Spring Equinox nature-love letter, which will be posted March 20th, 2022.
Until then, hope you have a beauty-filled winter!