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In The Right Direction...

I always know "the next step", that's never been the problem. The difficulty is embracing the direction I need to go. Stepping out a place that is very comfortable (for better or worse), when I only know where I'm placing my next step.

Knowing you're on the right path is a fortunate thing, and I do believe I'm headed in the right direction. But it's a struggle to face my fears. I guess I have to struggle then. There's work to do, and places to go! Everything I want is on the other side of fear. 

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a new intention...

I love photographing nude figures as an extension of natural environments. Often, I've been able to photograph subjects in beautiful natural settings within Charlotte's city limits. 

But Charlotte, North Carolina is a rapidly growing city. As undeveloped land becomes more scarce, well-known landmarks are torn down,  and it often seems there are more construction sites than neighborhoods, I want to create images that capture People of Color in Charlotte's ever changing landscape. As the city strives to develop a new identity, I am striving to document the beauty of People of Color as part of Charlotte's past and present. I will continue to celebrate the significant part we play in the progress being made here. 

This isn't the beginning to a new approach to my photography, but it does mark a new intention. I want to understand the contributions of People of Color to the city where I reside, and I want to find creative ways to celebrate The Beauty of Brown in and around the Queen City. 

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...But Why?

because a picture is worth 1,000 words. 
because the picture is mine, but the words will not be...
because you deserve to know...
because it's not always easy...
because sometimes it's easy as fuck...

because i can't include it all in the work...
because everything i do is a response...
because i want you to know what i respond to...
because i want you to respond to something...
because the art shouldn't tell you where i got the idea...
because i want to acknowledge those who inspires me. 

because i am a non-linear thinker.
because words make the abstract tangible...
because i am a master procrastinator...
because telling you about it makes me accountable...
because accountability helps...

because the art won't tell you my favorite movie...
because good commentary sheds light on why something was created...
because i'd like to engage you with the process...
because i want you to understand how I connect to what i do...
because how YOU to connect to what i do is more important!

CHD:WCK!
 

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