Holding Your Breath

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As featured on Scout magazine.
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In a world of incessantly proliferating images, the idea that a moment can go unrecorded seems unfathomable. My images hope to challenge this, evoking a sense that time and space have been left suspended. There is a certain beauty that is captured during moments of silence and contemplation, such as in the act of holding one’s breath. This kind of mindfulness is sacred where if “the breath is irregular, the mind is unsteady” as quoted in the fifteenth-century Sanskrit text Hatha Yoga Pradipika, “But when the breath is still, so is the mind and [one] obtains the power of stillness
Photography and literature tend to romanticise our slowest of days. The traveler, equipped with a camera and notepad, has handed herself the task to immerse her senses where her experience will not make her artistic work futile. I have learned not to find photographs but, rather, to find a feeling. In doing so, you build a deeper connection with your images where the most mundane can be stir wonder and fascination.

When looking at a photograph, there is a certain stillness – a silence – between the viewer and the image. These uninterrupted conversations can be the source of such profound meaning, yet it requires a concentration that is difficult to characterise. Photographs of the natural world are especially skilled at this where even the holy design of foliage can elicit feelings of the sublime, feelings which are of immeasurable strength.

Unlike digital, analogue images rely so much on the personality of the celluloid. Each film, with its own physics and chemistry, is distinct from one another. How light plays into this equation, it is a marvel to think about. Photography is unique in this respect where it is the only art medium to capture our most immediate reality — a ‘slice of life’ — at the split of a second.