Statement - Without Words
WITHOUT WORDS: grounded in nature
When I cannot speak, photography is my voice.
My intent for Without Words is to show that we all experience moments of the human condition: pain, joy, isolation, pleasure, loneliness, and hope... And in them, we are not alone. Because these feelings are universal, with these photographs, I hope to bring our eyes to the truth and beauty of the world surrounding us during our darkest and happiest moments. I want to transcend - from paper to feeling.
In this series of images, I am reminded that we all come from the same biology and are all equal…. No better than any animal, insect, plant, or tree.
Nature will bring us back to the connectivity of all matter on Earth.
And it is this humble respect we must find to ensure the survival of us all.
Why do we forget what surrounds us? The planet we live on, the oceans, the trees, the grasses, the animals - we have become detached. They are they, and we are us.
But that’s far from the truth.
When I ground myself to the earth, I can see this. I am not stuck in the mud… I need the mud to survive.
Without Words, my innermost thoughts come to life. Meaning that I can only understand after the fact. What might have started as despair now represents hope. With the lesson learned, what might have been negative now is seen as positive.
Inside each image is rebirth. Inside each image is an untangled string and a riddle solved.
These are photographs that represent a journey of letting go and starting anew... Without Words.