After writing my last article on Fstoppers, I wanted to go a bit more into depth on why I began this series. I have tried a series like this before, one being the sandbox series but that was almost like a dry run for the one that I am working on now. I didn't feel any sort of personal connection to the sandbox series which was something that kind of slowed me down from continuing it. So here, I will be as real as possible and explain my reason for the Island Series.
My Island Series has to do with the sense of loneliness. For the past few months I have been bouncing in and out of a relationship that I have really wanted to keep. Spending so much time with one person can be such a great thing, especially when the connection is so strong. We spent so much time together, talked every single day and enjoyed every second we spent with one another no matter what we were doing. Somewhere along the way, it seems like the connection fell apart. It's happened multiple times over the months but we always end up coming back to each other. Whenever we separate, the feelings come with it whether choose to show them or not. I never realized how painful this stuff could get, but it sure has affected me more than I thought it would.
On top of the relationship trouble, I have been getting hit with a ton of work. Last year I started my own business with a good friend of mine and slowly but surely, we are growing to where we want to be. Over the past few months, my business has landed some big jobs and on top of those big jobs comes all of the scheduling, traveling, planning, shooting, editing, answering emails/phone calls, dealing with clients and so on. It may sound like I'm complaining but I'm not, it has just taken a bit of time to get used to dealing with everything that comes with running my own business. To all my friends, having your own business seems like a breeze but I can tell you that it has been one of the hardest things I have yet done while also being one of the most rewarding and stressful things as well. I have to say that I am proud of myself to getting where I am today but sure has taken a lot of hard work. I have made so many sacrifices, stopped hanging out with people who hold me back, stopped going out as much as I used to and through it all, I have become more mature. All this to focus on creating something for myself and my clients. Through this whole process, I have also felt like I am one of the only people I know who is willing to do the things I do and take the risks I take. I am so invested in what I do and I love it so much that there is no turning back. Again, I have felt pretty alone here too, but I know that all this hard work will pay off, I just have to keep at it.
In the midst of it all, as I try to deal with all the emotions, business and goals I have for myself, I came up with the idea to start the Island Series. I wanted this series to relate to my personal struggles while also being very captivating for other people. Each photo is an Island on a lake, with a home on it, sitting all by itself. There is something about this that stood out to me. There are feelings these images evoked. Who lives on these Islands? These little get aways... Everything about them just seems so peaceful. Are these people alone? Do they share these with their families or significant others? It is just so interesting to see these Islands on their own; each one so different, reminding me personally of the place I am in right now. Maybe I'm not like the others, I see what I want and do everything I can to go after it and I will continue to do that until I am where I want to be.
When most people look at a series, they just look at the photos. People who are interested will look into the meaning behind the photos and how they all relate to one another. As I am in the process of creating this series, I am trying to come up with short captions that convey a sense of isolation from the busy world we live in. Like most of my work, I like to keep things simple and this series is as simple and straight forward as it can be. Photographing this series has been the highlight of my summer so far and just being at these lakes and flying is so peaceful. From this, I have inspired myself to continue shooting and creating this series because of how interesting and amazing the process has been so far. I look to continue photographing and hope to come up with at least 9-15 final images. For now, the photos I share are just samples of what I have so far.