Posted on February 26, 2016
Your eyes light up when you talk about music. But not just any music–your vision and dreams for the future. I’ve seen you get so excited and completely lost in your words, that you run out of breath. And that’s rare. I’ve heard you sing and play guitar for a few years now, so I was thrilled to shoot these images for your album. Helping you pull this off was a privilege, and it was seriously a blast. We worked against the clock…the Texas heat definitely came with a vengence that day. But thanks to our drinks and that fresh pineapple, we were able to keep things rolling. And how could I forget our last-minute shots by the field, with a few minutes left of Golden Hour. Those made for some of the best shots. (Funny how that happens!) But, if I had to choose a favorite moment from your session at the river, it was when you pulled the folded letter from your guitar case and let me read it. The fact that you carry this sweet letter from your younger sister said more to me about the heart and soul of your music, than anything else. After all, that’s what’s behind all of us–what we value at the core will naturally find its way out if we let it. And that’s exactly what you’re doing.
You’ve been working so hard on this project, and your dedication is paying off. I’m proud of you, Rick. Everyone in your life is cheering for you, and we all want to see you succeed. But above all, I want you to be happy! Keep chasing!
Thank you for your service, and for having heart to overcome and conquer. Many faces of you are captured in these images, Henline. Some are raw, precious moments. Others are fun and candid. Yet all are flawfless reflections of you.
Thank you for allowing me to witness all of it–all of you.
Posted on June 29, 2015
Thank you for your service, and for having heart to overcome and conquer. Many faces of you are captured in these images. Some are raw, precious moments. Others are fun and candid. Yet all are flawfless reflections of you.
Thank you for allowing me to witness all of it…all of you.
Posted on June 24, 2015
:: Thoughts ::
The theme for Slideluck NYC XVIII was “Secrets.” Artists could submit work that encompassed this idea–ranging from deception, confessions, revelations, wishes, etc.
I thought about how I wanted to approach this, and quickly decided on the things we carry that no one knows by looking at us. The “secrets” we keep could be a precious memory from our childhood. It could be a family tragedy that we don’t speak of. Maybe it’s a dream we have and we keep it tucked away inside our little treasure chest of desires. Or perhaps it’s a passion for music which makes up a large part of our identity. These are the things about us that others don’t know as we walk by them daily. Strangers on the street don’t know what we carry, nor do we know what they’re carrying.
So this is what I wanted to submit for Slideluck…the stories of individuals in black and white. No faces, no names. Just the contents of their treasure chest and what they carry with them. Because after all, these “secrets” are what we’re made of.
To the individuals in the video–thank you for sharing these parts of you for this project. Thank you for letting me truly see you.
Anthony Carbajal’s video:
The week I worked on this is the same week I saw the video Anthony Carbajal posted, about the very real struggle with ALS. Although I do not know him, I wanted to submit my project in his honor. Interesting timing, I think. Here was Anthony…sharing a secret he had been carrying with the rest of the world–a story of caring for his mom with ALS, and sharing his own diagnosis. His video is the epitome of What We Carry.
Until next time,