I started the year with certainty that things were going to better than 2017. last year was hard and not fun for real, for real, so I been working on saying it with my chest to the universe that "2018 IS GONNA BE BETTER". then about 18 days in, my home was robbed. definitely one of those times, you look into the sky and say "bitch, I mean sir or madam, we're you listening to me?" I've started to take these moments as the price of admission, to my ambitions. yes, you can repeat that to someone, it's fine.
I was fortunate to still have a couple pieces of equipment left to produce work, so from there I started figuring out these answers that I APPARENTLY already have in my body. I guess somebody put em there, without me knowing? prior to my home being burglarized, I was having a meeting I felt was necessary to finalize what I should consider for running my business this year. the answers I received revolved around a narrowing of my focus; advice I have heard before, but still was working on making that work for me. I figured it was possible to keep juggling, photography and filmmaking since i'm still documenting in each process, but simplification was still necessary. this familiar piece of advice hit me differently this time around, due largely in part to coming back home and finding the tools you use for something are just gone. makes it really easy to see the value in what remains.
the universe and I have this kind of relationship, where it bitchslaps me for living, just catching me all off guard! I always have the opportunity to get up and do something though. mind you, i'm not just getting slapped all the time, sometimes I weave, instead of bobbing. every few years, I get caught with one though, I pay attention when they connect. the equipment that was still fortunately here, still allowed me to make films. when I think about my photography, I actually got deeper into it as a supplement for my cinematography. I often got feedback about my moving images looking like photos, so naturally the idea came that I should just make them all look the same; at any given moment you see my photos in my films and vice versa. maybe, I got bitch slapped by my documentary muse? is that a thing? *blends hemp milk*
so this website, represents my response to that bitchslap. this space will feature my works in progress, insight into the process I take to complete these works, my thoughts, ideas. a place to share context on the lives we live, a place to learn and teach our stories. the more I've thought about it, the more I've been a-hunnit percent certain 2018 is gonna be an amazing year. sometimes, you just gotta get bitch slapped to see things clearly.