Take It from the Top

These were taken early 2002 from the beginning of Hannah and my relationship. There are some photos that predate these from 2001 when we initially started dating, but not many.

It’s weird for me to look back on these as it feels like not much has changed, but at the same time I know that’s not true. It seems that Hannah and I have lived multiple lives together over the past seventeen years, but there’s no doubt a consistency that’s run through everything we’ve done. There’s a long history that these photos represent. From the outside it’s probably not that exciting. Still, these images, despite not being technically good, hold a certain place in my mind as being some of my best. It’s the story that these represent. It’s the story of our beginning. There’s a reason why these are happening in a shitty hotel despite us being broke freshman’s in college. We weren’t there because we thought it was cool. It was out of a kind of necessity. One that has too much of a backstory. This was the beginning for me in many ways. Not just with nude photography, but also with it in all practicality. I don’t know how to explain it without sounding like a contradiction, which is probably a good indication of some kind of emotional intensity. Unfortunately I didn’t know it at the time as I tend to live in the future and take the present and past for granted. Looking back, one of my biggest regrets is that I wish I had documented it more. Everything. Not for others though, but for myself. I still forget to do this though. I want to get better.

All photos are low res scans of Kodak Gold 35mm film.

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