I am happy beyond measure to have my dear friend Denise contributing to this celebration of Women and Beauty.
Take a moment and just be with the gorgeous stillness she exudes in her image.
What thoughts are going through your mind?
Honestly, how do you feel as you look at her image?
As soon as I saw this image on the back of my camera, I knew I had captured the magic moment, that magical expression.
What I find fascinating about this project is the simple fact that I have no idea before hand what that expressions will be like, all I know is, I will feel it during the shoot.
Denise gave me this moment and expression and it touched my heart.
It is simple.
We spent the afternoon talking about our lives; we shared openly about the challenges we were dealing with. I shared about my mother and my current situation being deaf. So we got profoundly related to each other. We understood each other and our respective worlds.
To share so openly with her was easy for me I simply love her. She is the mother of my best friend Julian. From the moment I first met her, she was open, warm inclusive and I just felt a big part of her family. This has been the beauty of our relationships for close to 20 years.
Denise understood the context of this project and her point of view about beauty was simple. In her own words, she said. "Beauty for me is a warm feeling I get from others".
Think about what she has described – “a warm feeling I get from others”. This landed on me very powerfully. I interpreted this warm feeling as one of feeling safe in the company of someone. This safety allows for the possibility to relax and share openly.
Warmth, openness, stillness, vulnerability, love and a generosity of spirit are the beautiful virtues I experience from being in Denise’s company.
This is the beauty I look for in people, in women, this is the beauty of the spirit and soul. This is the experience of Denise you will have if you have the pleasure of being in her company.
One thing creates the other; a warm heart seeks out and responds to other warm hearts.
This is the will of the living force and it is at work perfectly in Denise.
Thank you for reading.