Primal He{Art}

The Primal He{Art} series was inspired by a photo project I was invited to participate in based out of Toronto called the 10x10 Photography Project. The ten year Project is in its fifth year and each year invites ten photographers to create ten portraits of individuals who have contributed to the LGBTQ arts in Canada. Those 100 portraits were showcased at a Gallery at Toronto Pride in June 2013 and published in a gorgeous photo book.
I was also fortunate to have my series accepted into Vancouver's Queer Arts Festival Curated Show in August 2013.

My series celebrates ten Vancouver artists and the primal heart connection they feel to their artistic expression. I invited my ten subjects to choose words that described what their artistic expression evoked for them. Those deeply intimate words were spray painted onto their bodies by artist Carole Lagimodiere and they were then photographed semi nude.

I have experienced the vulnerability of sharing one’s art with the world and I felt that having them pose nude would help to illustrate that vulnerability. I also love how light and shadow can create texture, form and beauty when photographing the human body.

I was incredibly honoured when I was chosen as the first Western Canadian photographer for the 10x10 Project.
A lot of folks collaborated on this Project and I’m extremely proud of what we created together.