What was your experience like with TBW?
I had a wonderful experience with TBW. It was also a very unusual experience. I never expected to read so much in the end result. I cannot thank Katelan enough for the opportunity!
What was the inspiration for your images?
My ancestors were my inspiration. Many of my images were taken in the midst of hoodoo workings when my true self can be seen and the circle of my ancestors closes in. That was the case in three of the four images that made it in.
What did you learn about yourself from the experience?
I am suprised how present and yet how transported I seem in these moments and how deceptively vulnerable I appear when putting myself in spirit hands. I think I’ve learned how tenuous the present is. How even at the moment of shutter click I was already gone. And yet sometimes the lens captured a moment that I appeard to have been hanging around in forever!
Do you feel you are in the same state of mind as when you started?
Definitely not. This experience changes you! I feel better able to understand my relationship with the ancestors now. I feel I might have seen a glimpse of their view of me. Strangely, this project took me out of myself. It was amazing to really be me and then see what that looks like.
What advice would you give to those wanting to take their own portraits?
I would advise everyone to take some portraits of themselves doing the things they are called to do, gifted at or love, as it is beautiful to see destiny and certainty in yourself. Don’t be afraid of movement in the photo either. It is amazing what the camera can capture!
Location: London, England
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Secret Self Esteem Booster: creating
What Inspires You: The Past
Playlist (give 5-10 songs on your ipod)
It Takes More – Miss Dynamite
Good Luck – Basement Jaxx
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott-Heron
Sober – Pink
Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers
Demain – Les Nubians
Strange Fruit – Nina Simone
Death Letter – Johnny Farmer (Organised Noise Mix)
Chan Chan – Compay Segundo
St.James Infirmry – wynton Marsalis