Instinctively, just as the flower does, I turn my face to the sun. The epicentre of the worlds illumination shares some rays with me. Languishing upon my skin, it gleams my smile as I turn radiantly toward the source.
Last year for me was one with little glimpses of the sun. It revealed itself, in a way to remind me of its ever-presence, but it did not come out long enough to consume me. That is often the way when we experience the highs and lows that come with living. At this point in my life, the day of the shoot, the sun finally came out in all its majestic glory. I was in Cadiz, Spain with my love – Photographer Joseph Cassar. Someone who has been with me throughout it all and how fortunate that he should be by my side at such a turning moment in my life. The sun became an emblem of this moment. All its warmth, and encompassing wholeness filled me again with optimism and fed the seeds of growth that one acquires after intense life experience. These little seeds need nurturing, and since this moment they have grown exponentially. This is the curious thing with life, hardship is here to teach us and we can be left with resounding negativity and exhaustion. However, these little seeds we are left with have an intention to grow so that we transcend to the higher plane of living, feeling and succeeding. I have seen this growth for myself occur and it feels as if the sunshine has never left me.
I wanted to share these photos earlier as they were taken in September of 2015, they are however perfect for this moment. I feel ready to share them and realise, in doing so, I am able to share the light with you.
Before Cadiz, we had been travelling in Prague – the home of Mucha. I discovered his works and took inspiration from his flowers series. I adored how the flowers framed the subject and gave meaning and depth to an image. He explored the seasons with flowers that grew in that time, I explore the theme of the sun with the Sunflower. It is the happy flower and corresponds to the sun in its mutual life giving force of vibrancy and as a source of nourishment. In order to grow – to expand our horizons and the light that touches them we can be reminded of our journey with the Sunflower face looking toward us.
We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.
Wearing Vintage Dress bought in Berlin, Nina Ricci Belt (vintage), MAC lipstick in Russian Red.
Photography: Joseph Cassar