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A guide to claiming new selves 

Amber and I met in Deep Ellum, a Dallas neighborhood known for keeping fringe cultures alive in the heart of Texas.

She told me about how modeling became a creative outlet at a time in her life when she was struggling with depression, challenging herself to explore things she might otherwise never try. She went on to tell a story of finding a deep, confident self that was always there but maybe hidden away at first, unexplored.

Taking those first steps towards an unknown opened up for her a unseen world within the fashion scene, where she found a niche agency representing plus size models for commercial clients.

Now she’s one of the more confident models I’ve worked with, bringing not only her own ideas to the shoot but also the confidence to pull off any creative direction thrown her way. 

It’s a story that I relate to, and I think a lot of others do too: we grow up assuming that some creative realms are only appropriate for “others,” and that we’d be trespassing if we were to try and claim a our own personal selves there. I felt that way abut photography for a long time in my life; “only special photography people can become photographers,” is something I vaguely remember sitting in the back of my head for a long time. Only recently did I go through the same transformation as Amber, realizing that the world and all its many beautiful niches are more plentiful than we initially think. 🔮🙏 

Model / styling: Amber

NYC: Midtown, reflections
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Many people don't consider outdoor photography during the high noon hours because the sun can be harsh and direct—but in midtown Manhattan, the reflections are just stunning 🔮🙏

NYC: SoHo, early morning

Corner of Mercer & Howard, SoHo. Stop by in early winter morning, where composure lingers in the precious moments between sun-filtered clouds 🔮🙏

The divide

Taken while wandering through a growing (gentrifying) neighborhood in Philadelphia. 

Every once in awhile I think about a now-old Quartz article; at the time something had been brewing in my head and clearly in others' as well, because they articulated it so nicely right there in the headline: The Secret to the Uber Economy is Wealth Inequality

"The conventional narrative is this: enabled by smartphones, with their GPS chips and internet connections, enterprising young businesses are using technology to connect a vast market willing to pay for convenience with small businesses or people seeking flexible work.
This narrative ignores another vital ingredient, without which this new economy would fall apart: inequality....In my hometown of Mumbai, we have had many of these conveniences for at least as long as we have had landlines—and some even earlier than that. It did not take technology to spur the on-demand economy. It took masses of poor people."

Stay humble, fellow travelers 🙏🔮