Our second TBW woman interviewed is Kathleen Raftery. For Sherene Schostaks interview go here.
What was your experience like with TBW?
A good friend invited me to submit my work. She thought that my kundalini was pretty low and needed a creative jump start. It worked.
What was the inspiration for your images?
I knew that in at least one picture I wanted to use items that have impacted my life. Photography, travel and alcohol are all things that have shaped and changed how I see myself and other people and I knew that I wanted to incorporate them in some way.
What did you learn about yourself from the experience?
That I look so much like my mother!
Do you feel you are in the same state of mind as when you started?
Recently I decided to host an art show in my apartment. I love being involved with other people who are creating, talking to them and getting a window into their creative process. I think that submitting my pictures for the book put me in a state of artistic collaboration, wanting to continue to be part of something bigger than myself.
What advice would you give to those wanting to take their own portraits?
Just go for it. Digital cameras have made trial and error wonderfully efficient. And while it is important to get feedback to help improve the most important part is to just have fun with it. It is about enjoying the experience of taking the pictures as much as the outcome.
Location: New York City
Sun Sign: Aries
Vice: Sweet & Low. I know its bad for me but I use an unbelievable amount in my coffee everyday.
Secret Self Esteem Booster: I take a few mindful breaths, very slowly and with awareness of the breath. At the end I’m always left feeling better about myself and my circumstances.
What Inspires You: Really great poetry. It sounds so corny but an amazing poem can make me weep and also give me a crazy boost of adrenalin at the same time. It is intimidating to read wonderful works but it also sparks sounds and images in my head that lead to some of my own writing.
Playlist (give 5-10 songs on your ipod)
Abel by The National
Hound dog by Big Mama Thorton
Sober by Pink
One More Hour by Sleater Kinney
Marine Life by Oakely Hall
Candy by The Ravonettes
Its (mostly) old songs but these are the ones on repeat.
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