I met Sylvia Spiro (www.sylviaspiro.com) about a year ago, when she agreed to work on a photoshoot with me. Since then we've collaborated a few times & she never fails to inspire & impress me. Natasha was one of the models she introduced me too & we instantly connected. Her face is the perfect canvas & like the pro she is, she can pull off any look, so I am always deeply grateful that she lets me unleash creativity on her!
When she told me about her idea to shoot a model in a giant red dress in the forest I jumped at the chance to be part of this project. I love the way she sees things, her photography always tells a story, it draws you in to her world of abstract, beauty, travel & art. I've met many photographers & models over the years & I have to say I'm loving this girl power we generate as a team! The ablility to showcase beauty in a classy, artistic & dignified way is something pretty special.
I think these pictures paint a thousand words. I'm honestly at a loss to even try to compliment this series with dialogue.
When I saw the finished product it reminded me of the first time I fell in love with California.
It was about 9 years ago. I was on vacation & had been through a deeply tough time in my life, so to be able to escape from the cityscape of London, the 15 million people who would rub shoulder to shoulder with me on my way to work & home again every day, as well as the approaching dreary winter weather, a vacation to the California beach town of Santa Cruz sounded right up my street.
I discovered the Redwood Forests & each time I hiked through them, it seemed that all the weight I was carrying started to be relieved. As I walked, the superficial thoughts of my life in London were gradually replaced by the awe I felt as I looked up at the giant Redwood trees.
Each breath of fresh air felt as though it was cleansing my system from the pollution I'd been inhaling while living in London. The sunbeams that peeked through the leaves & adorned the ferns with its light & warmth was a feast for my eyes.
I felt humbled as I looked at the beauty surrounding me from my feet to way up above my head. Even the fog, as it meandered lazily through the forest had it's own special touch of ... je ne sais quoi...
Like the woman in the red dress, I became lost in something beyond my understanding. I fell in love with something I could only have here & nowhere else on earth. And like the woman in the red dress walking admid the trees & the dirt I somehow found myself at the same time as being lost...
I still love to go walking in the trees & I still feel that same freeness when I am there.
Like, nothing even matters.
Like all our problems, anxieties, stresses mean nothing.
It's a blessing to be here in a place where we can observe, absorb & learn from all the creation surrounding us.