The Cedar forest was accompanied by beautiful light and a very cinematic drive on the way up. It was one of those mornings in Provance where everything looked like a movie scene. Once we got there me and a few friends I have acquired at this photo summer camp wandered into the woods.
I have never in my life been so surrounded by people 24/7. And I have defiantly never been so surrounded by photographers. As a commercial concentration up until this point I haven’t been very good at making “photo-friends”, I tend to spend most of my time alone in the studio or with models and fashion majors. I am not used to the sometimes overly opinionated and strong personalities that live among the fine art/documentary students. Although my best friend and roommate is a documentary major and has her strong opinions, we have an understanding and strong creative relationship that make our friendship work. Its intimidating and quite frankly I’m scared of presenting my work in front of everyone.
However, as I was walking through the forest with two people I have become close too in this short amount of time, I began to realize that being scared is silly. As we walked we eventually got so caught up in conversations about music and movies that we stopped shooting (sorry professor) and started dancing and laughing in the woods and playing in the man-made structures.
I’ve never been very good at making friends. Especially as I’ve gotten older I’ve found it hard to connect to people. I think all the time I’ve spent alone has forced me to create a world in my head that I am comfortable existing in. Traveling for the past couple months to first India and Hong Kong, to now France, has forced me to get out of my head and into the real world.