A couple of years ago a good friend and model by the name of Roarie Yum stopped by our place for a few days. I was in a rut and didn’t know what to shoot with her. We were just playing and it wasn’t for anything specific so it didn’t really matter, but I had drawn a blank!
My wife had a ton of ideas, she even got Roarie to dye her hair blonde and then to red! While her hair was blonde we decided to go out and take some photos in the desert. We had a great conversation and I remember telling her then how I was really burned out on the whole photography industry and how I just wanted to shoot to shoot. I just wanted to create fun photos without any other intention than to just create.
This was an inspirational day. We took some photos, a few I turned into some of my favorite art pieces, we stopped by the barbershop so she could get a trim and of course I kept taking photos.
After this we went back to the house where my wife continued photographing Roarie and this is when I got the idea to shoot the rest of the day with my Fuji Instax camera.
Normally I only take a few photos with this camera but we wound up using up five or six packs of film! And in my true form, I photographed the prints and gave them to Roarie to give away or keep or sell or do whatever with. I just wanted them out in the world.
I don’t know where they are, I don’t know who has them. But the whole point of art is to have it be seen and even appreciated by others. This is my entire goal these days. I have always said how I hate money. It is a distraction to what I really want to do. But I am aware enough to know I need it to do what I do!
These are the stories I remember best. The good days with good people. The inspirational days. This is what pushes me forward and makes me want to continue doing what I love.
I think we all need to step back and make days like this happen in our own lives. Surround yourself with positive people and you just may be surprised how good things start going for you!