Sometimes it is good for me to try things I haven’t tried. I usually avoid shooting in low light, almost never pulling my camera out after the sun goes down. But last night, my friend Shelby asked me if I would take a picture for her, and since my camera was just sitting there, I decided I’d push myself a little. We took about twenty minutes with her in a favorite dress of mine (she was just trying it on, and then we were photographing it – ha!), and I kept turning off the lights to really focus the light. It was nice to create something after the sun went down, and while I am most definitely a child of the day, I kind of love finding that the night can be friendly too.
This little shoot was a special one, with both Shelby and me feeling our way in the dark lately, just exploring our lives in the way that we do. She dances when she aches, and I… well, I don’t know how to say it. It isn’t always pictures for me. I think maybe I dance too, in my way. This one was a deeply sweet release, gentle risk meeting quiet strength neither of us often acknowledge for ourselves.
“On nights like this when the air is so clear, you end up saying things you ordinarily wouldn’t. Without even noticing what you’re doing, you open up your heart and just start talking to the person next to you — you talk as if you have no audience but the glittering stars, far overhead.”
― Banana Yoshimoto