Valya at Hotel Chelsea and Favorites
The photos from this shoot are some of my personal favorites. I return to them every so often (along with a handful of others) even though it's been almost seven years since I took them. Part of me searches the images to see if it's a quality about the model, environment, or tones, but I know it's something that strikes a deeper chord. To me it reminds me of a point when something clicked. Everything came together both technically and creatively. Maybe it symbolizes an ability or maybe it is a reminder of a creative mentality I wish to hang onto. As I progress I feel I need these reflections to help me keep a certain focus. These photos, for me, represent a state of mind I try and challenge myself to return to without allowing myself to regress. I think it's ultimately about being completely present.
All the images below are 120 low res scans of Kodak Portra 800.