model Alix Del
photography Sophia Molen
As a young teenager, I was photographing my best friends all the time. I loved creating a solid image from our fluid reality. I also liked to show my friends their beauty. A recognition we all seek, at least in our younger years. At some point, I felt I needed a professional camera, so I bought my first SLR. I’m still using that one today and it must be like 10 years old now, but this camera is my home, even though it has its phases of dysfunction in which it will not turn on at all.
The other day, I told two French girls I’ve been hanging around with lately that my dream is to become a professional photographer. It was one of those encouraging conversations. I spook about my insecurities and disappointments regarding photography. They spook about possibilities and opportunities, which motivated me take my dream more seriously again. One of the girls, Alix Del, offered me to practice with her being the model and we planned a photoshoot straight away.
That morning, I woke up with a lot of messages of my mom. She talked with a professional photographer the day before. The woman was impressed by my photos and she believed I have great potency and found that I should start a portfolio to showcase my work. One of her tips was not to do photography courses as it might shape in a way which isn’t my own. I loved to hear all of this. It felt like signs from the universe (and you know how I appreciate those). Of course my mom knows my love for photography, but it’s not something we speak about, so those messages felt like.. synchronicity.
So, Alix and I went to Uluwatu last weekend. I had a clear imagine in my head on what kind of photos I wanted to shoot. We went to a beach I used to go in September while I was traveling through Bali. It’s the most beautiful beach I’ve seen in Bali. Let me know if you wish for closer directions, it’s quite a hidden one. Anyway, the photos turned out exactly how I had them in my mind. I know it’s by far not Brydie-Mack-level, but I hope to be on the way to find my own voice in photography.
In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty.. in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe. – The Law of Detachment