As the sun begins to set
In this life lived full of grace
There are no fucking regrets
Inspired by the beautiful photographs taken by Hans Silvester of the people from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. It was an idea that was thought about on and off for months. I have been constantly looking around, especially when I’m driving, for striking bits of flora that I thought would be suitable. The shoot had to be rearranged a couple of times so flowers I originally thought of using were no longer available by the time we got around to taking the photos. The day itself was all very “organic”. It flowed so nicely from the picking and collecting of all the flora on my way to Sally’s (everything was picked and created that morning), to the capturing these beautiful images.
Many thanks to mother nature for the ever bountiful array of beautiful flora. Also to the lovely Sally for being a most gracious and cooperative model who could see my vision and totally helped me bring it to reality. Thanks to Bec for the black backdrop….. we were originally going to shoot these all outside more akin to Hans Silvester’s images but I am glad we didn’t. This is far more striking.
And so it begins. The next chapter opening before me like a flower in bloom. I am calm. My usual state of letting my mind run on over drive, hyping up the rest of me, is strangely absent. I am focused. I am ready. Calmly waiting for it all to begin. Here’s to the rest of my life. Living, loving, with grace.
I am blessed to have shared many conversations lately, with people, about people. Especially about my love of finding out things about people you could/would never have guessed upon your initial meetings and sometimes even well beyond that. Things you don’t even know about people you’ve known for some time. I love the fact that we are all a kaleidoscope of life – lives even. Some we show to some and some we show to others and some we keep only for ourselves.
It is one of the main reasons I love photography. Being able to tell a visual narrative of (an aspect of) someone’s life. To select what you think best visually tells a particular person’s story. To all of my friends reading this, be prepared to receive a phone call from me in the not too distant future to ask you to allow me to document an aspect of you and your life. Please say yes.
We are all connected. We all share stories. It is how we know who we are.
All images Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown.
my colouring book of life
I have started
some of the more vibrant hues
and am no longer
to colour outside of the lines.
I love it.
it gives me a thrill.
Tickles my fancy so to speak.
It helps that I
care less and less what others think of me.
In my cloak of patch-worked rainbows
Growth and learning
I happily stand out from the crowd
Dancing to a tune only I can hear.
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