I just shared this on instagram and want to broadcast as far and wide as possible,  because these are things I believe in. 

I've been very shy to promote myself as any one thing. This is based on my discomfort in taking on any kind of title. However, while being given a title is complimentary and validating, there is much power in stating yourself as what you believe yourself to be. I am a photographer- who is extremely interested in exposing truths, documenting beauty, salvaging the forgotten parts of human innocence, honoring the environment, and speaking up for justice. I tell myself it's totally okay to shift gears a little, but I've been at odds with how to go about doing it- like trying to turn a fast moving car without flipping it. I think anything worth doing must be done with grace, and patience. Ultimately you just DO it. Perhaps not all at once, but with the right maneuvering, anything done with a pure pursuit is easy to wait on, and can be a force of activism and aid. Lao Tzu says,

"if you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering of the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation."

Often it's much easier than we think- though with social constructs, insecurities, financial strain and input from others we feel as though to deviate from what we already know safely as ourselves would be dangerous, and a betrayal. However, to not live as your fullest self, to never shed old skin, take risks, lead by heart and TRY is the only injustice.

ATARAXIA - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I held a contest via Instagram to win a copy of my first volume of ATARAXIA, a photo book of still moments. Each volume will have a specific theme, this one being solitude and color throughout the Southwest and Mexican scenery. This volume is 44 pages.

The winner of the book is Teresa Freitas, from Lisbon! I'm so thrilled that my book will be seeing a place I've yet to go. Someday I'll have the honor of documenting Portugal, but until that time arrives, my book will land there first and hopefully transmit some experience to me.

Here are a few of Teresa's images that she used to enter the contest, including the winning image. To see more of her beautiful work, check her instagram : @teresacfreitas 

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