WARM HUGHES, VOLUME 2
With many of us getting used to our new confined spaces as a new normal complete with comfortable temperatures and surfaces - I felt it was appropriate to express something to fill this vacuum of space time.
In my previous email from Oct 2018 I talked about Autumn being my own season for reflection, preparation for the future. Now with the approaching Spring it's the time for planting seeds and becoming aware again of the outward expansion to come.
How do you describe the dichotomy of a time for growth with narrow and definite limits? Orson Wells famously touched on this and told us "The enemy of art is the absence of limitations." The friction produced by two opposing forces is an often difficult energy to draw inspiration from, but it is also a way for us to collectively choose to move into new spaces together. I like to focus this concious mind-time with a resting lightness, active detachment, and new methods of discovery through physical movement. To find an appreciation for the things that are here, in this moment, and in the next.
Hope you enjoy scrolling through some of my latest works
After being intro'd into his music at a festival in summer of 2018, a friend over at Ghostly International asked if I'd collaborate with Galcher Lustwerk on his next album he was releasing in Fall 2019. Elated to connect with my photographic roots and work with musicians again, specifically ones whose music I draw inspiration from, GL and I ideated last summer over his subtle, romantically covert approach and how he imagined this album to be. Collaborating with friends at Ghostly, working on the music video with Nitemind & my friend Jon Vingiano, the process was made even more sweet with the artwork direction by Justin Sloane. Thank you Molly Smith at Ghostly for making this intro and helping produce such a fun collaboration between us.
With all the fun results that came out of this time, there's plenty left to share on an EP that should be out this Summer.
I got a call back in September from Katie Dunn at Airbnb Magazine to spend a few days on an island in Maine. I made the trek of plane, car, and fishing boat over the course of one day, welcomed by three perfectly sunny, temperate days where I was able to watch the light from sunup to sundown, get to know the family that manages the property, and eat fresh lobster caught just off the shore by a local fisherman. A perfect Maine experience at the tail-end of the summer.
About a month later, Katie asked if I would be up for making the hike across the planet to an island in Kenya. A direct, 15hr flight there and six hours in a taxi brought me to a wooden canoe at the edge of Lake Borego in the Rift Valley just after dusk had fallen. Skimming my way to the island under moonlight and stars, knowing full well there were crocodiles and hippos nearby made it all too surreal. I spent four lovely days with the Whitey Family on Samatian Island, learning about its entangled history and understanding the diverse community of plants and bird life that call it home. There's a neighboring island that serves as a refuge for a small herd of endangered Rothschilds Giraffes, watched after by the locals who have occupied the Valley for thousands of years.
Staying on both islands was a lesson on time and relationships, learning to respect the ever-changing weather patterns, the limitless movements of animals and people, and the sacredness of places with no light pollution. Feeling that these places deserved their story to be told created an unnecessary anxiety to be ready for the light, but as time with the earth moves at its own speed, so did I need to move with it too. Being preset with the light and its movements throughout the day is a consistent reminder that every minute is unique and infinite. If my love affair with photography was revived after shooting my Pentax on a weekend in 2018, these two trips strengthened my connection with how the photographic process connects me to the world.
Thank you Katie, the Dodd & Whitey Families, and all the people who shared these journeys with me.
Together with agency Hugo & Marie, I pulled a couple all nighters with my small, nimble team and saw the inner workings of a new hotel as it went through PR highs and lows, affecting not just our shoot schedule but all the employees and their families too. It was a pleasure to have such freedom to explore and chase summer light in such a large space crafted by Joyce Wang.
Bridges to Prosperity
In 2019 I spent a week with B2P in Bolivia. This trip focused on a series of bridges they had built in Rio del Toro, with one bridge in particular being the longest suspended bridge they’ve built in South America. The communities number into the ten thousands there, all situated on the ridgelines of a mountainous area seperated and surrounded by large swaths of river deltas. In the springtime, crossings between these communities is extremely treacherous, with the rainfall sometimes confining people from even leaving their locales to make it to the nearest urban center five hours away.By connecting these communities, B2P opens up the a greater economic potential for Bolivia and it’s people and dramatically changes thousands of lives with sustainable engineering practices.
You can learn more about B2P and their work to connect isolated communities for economic growth and opportunity - here