The Ovida was a tiny house lost in the woods, where the wifi was weak but the connection was stronger. I made a series of images based on our presence in this place, and materials available to us. I’ll share these in the coming days as #fieldstudies.
“Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver
Juliet Loranger is a self-described modern day rock-n-roll woman. “I teach Yoga because I practice Yoga. Also because it is a transformative process and I believe everyone should somehow keep connected with the process of transformation.” @julietflamethrower
My notes in preparation for this photoshoot included: rock out / get sweaty / take risks / depth / experience / artist / woman / yoga practitioner. We photographed on location at Yoga on Union in New Bedford and Mass Audubon’s Stone Barn where Juliet teaches summer yoga classes and retreats.
My original intention with this Inherit the Green photo project was to spend time outside every day with my family, and to document it. Yes, in the months since my last post on this subject, we spent time outside. We live in a city where we get around mostly on foot so it is unavoidable in may ways.
But I was not as diligent about the kind of time we spent outdoors. Much of our time outside was to get somewhere, often in a rush. I did occasionally pause to make a photograph, but they collected and waited on my hard drive as I focused my time on editing work for my clients. I didn’t have the time or the personal energy to look at or share the photos I had been making for myself.
Admittedly, part of this was because I had lost sight of my original motivation for this:
to spend time outside with my family,
to live our daily rhythm with intention,
to discover and participate in the landscape we call home.
Instead, I questioned its relevancy to my audience. I doubted its appeal. I wondered if anyone cared.
But looking through the last 6 weeks of photos last night, I found stillness and curiosity. I found evidence of a season well-lived. Of passing time together, even amidst the busier days. And today I share these photos and these thoughts for us, for my family. To reflect and know that it was (and is) good to be in and know this place.
And that is enough.
Inherit the Green, 52 weeks in our life out of doors.
Cup of tea, anyone?
Lush & verdant, these were some guiding words on this shoot with Beaux Petales. To keep the look fresh and modern, we opted for an outdoor location with some atmosphere and texture. These photographs were taken on the grounds of the Queset House in North Easton, Massachusetts. I shot them with Canon L series lenses – 50mm, 85mm, and 100mm. The digital images were post-processed with VSCO Film Pack 01.
Parting shot, behind the scenes, with Risa.