Winter in rural Ohio meets mindfulness in Be (2019), a set of photographs centered around gaining solace in what might be perceived as a bleak time of year. Minimalistic, pristine landscapes are paired with simple mantras to encourage the observer to find acceptance of and comfort in the winter months. I hope to foster a soothing and meditative viewing experience that indicates the human capacity to attain peace in any weather, and more broadly the potential of human happiness to be shaped by perception.
Meditation has become an important part of my life; I have used it over time as a means to address a variety of mental and physical health issues, from depression to the flu, and now appreciate it as an incredible source of relaxation, healing, and inspiration. In Be, I hope to convey these ideals in a simple and approachable way, using rural winter settings as entryways to a meditative, mindful state of being.