HOLDING ON (In Progress)
I asked the models to bring people upon whom they depend. The pictures attempt
to depict veiled and unspoken dialogues, where we navigate hopes and vulnerabilities. Making a
portrait is an exchange of empathy and enormous longing. As in a Venn Diagram, the portraits
capture the emotionally naked space where we overlap, and a longing to be close.
After we finished shooting, I asked the models to answer a question -
What does love feel like?
"Love feels extreme and full of contradiction. It's both safe and terrifying, comforting and uncomfortable,
frustrating and satisfying. It's the absence of all reason and the presence of all emotion. Without it we
are empty; with it we are bursting."
"Love is somehow omnipresent and an enigma; it is something that fills my life, and evades me. I feel love give the smallest
moments, every breath almost, meaning and purpose. Maybe that is unconditional, or universal love. But the messy, imperfect,
personal love between any two people is pure mystery. Maybe it is because love is something that is experience through
falling down and getting back up. Or maybe I haven't quite mastered it. Or, maybe more simply:
"Love is an elusive trifecta of trust, respect and forgiveness."
"I think love in a way it is impossible to describe love. It is one of the core feelings experienced by all human beings
that is too great to be grasped with words. I think the greatest expressions of love are those done unconsciously. Actions
that are natural and impulsive. Genuine love is the deepest level of not only compassion, but also understanding."
"Love is that quiet, almost spiritual space where I see things without my tint of perspective. There is no judging or
figuring out, it is simply seeing the purity of a thing and truly being grateful for all that it is. For me, love is
being at peace - with the world around me and with myself.
"So, I played a fun game with my significant other once given this 'assignment'. I approached him with a sense
of urgency and asked that he speak out loud one word-best word, in his opinion-that described what love is like.
He was quickly instructed to complete the sentence "love is _____________," so that we would
simultaneously answer with somewhat of a gut instinct.
He said "everything". Love is everything.
I said "impossible". Love is impossible.
Haha! I felt this was perfect, in a beautifully frustrating way, because love is the ultimate feat. It can make us feel
so accomplished and sometimes so frustrated. However, no matter which end of the spectrum we're at,
love will always mean the world to us."