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November 14, 2021 2 min read

The Adventure in Big Bend National Park

I was on another cross-country photoshoot road-trip from california to Texas when Snowmageddon shut down ALL of Texas the day after I entered the state. I woke up with snow literally on my pillow and in my car, and discovered a half hour later that the electricity out across the state. Texas was declared in a state of emergency as hell broke loose across the state.

So I stayed stranded in Marfa, the tiniest, quirkiest town in West Texas and rather than heading INTO the chaos, I passed the time on a little excursion i to Big Bend National Park.

I watched the most beautiful sunset over Mexico and bought some contraband trinkets hidden along the trail. I watched some nice Mexicans walk across the river to pick up their earrings. I snuggled into my car before another snowstorm came through.

SEE THE FINAL PRINT "I am. I can. I will."

The Photoshoot

I awoke around sunrise to a dream come true… Big Bend was covered in fresh snow! I carefully drove across the park and I hiked into the giant Santa Elena Canyon. Then I very bravely stripped down to this flimsy dress in 30 degree weather and shot my shots. It was a brutal photoshoot but the surroundings overshadowed my short-lived misery!


This photoshoot was unique in that usually before I shoot an image I know what it’s about. I am a conceptual fine art photographer… driven by concept. But I was flying bling here. The image was embedded in my mind, I just didn't know what it was about!

I trusted my gut that the meaning would come at some point…

And it did! And I was thrilled to connect the dots to discover my meaning…

 

SEE THE FINAL PRINT "I am. I can. I will."

The Concept

I am. I can. I will. This mantra has chaged my life. It has carved a canyon of it's own through my own internal spirals.

The phrase leaped out at me while I was sweating my way through an intense Peloton workout… a year or so before I shot the image! It's been on repeat in my mind since that day. It ebs and flows through my spirit until I feel aligned.

I am so happy to share this new image with you today.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and what it means to you!

SEE THE FINAL PRINT "I am. I can. I will."


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