“For you are even like roots, and like roots are you simple yet you have wisdom from the earth. And you are silent yet you have within your unborn branches the choir of the four winds. You are frail and you are formless yet you are the beginning of giant oaks, and of the half-penciled pattern of the willows against the sky.” -Kahlil Gibran
Every woman has two stories.
The story lived at the surface of life and the one breathed deep. The way things appear and the way. they. are.
There is power in the tale we decide to tell ourselves, these narratives that exist where the shimmering, thin veil separates flesh and spirit.
Part poet (all artist) I’m drawn to the stories.
To make visible your invisible.
With film and ink - I see.
But I didn’t know that as a child. I was ten years old, dazzled by a polished ballroom dance floor where jazz and laughter floated above the wedding crowd. My photographer father pressed his Canon A1 into my hands and showed me how to adjust the exposure on our ticket to such fairy tale evenings.
Ever since I’ve been dreaming. Sneaking up on my cat with a Polaroid camera. Writing until the moon peeks over my shoulder in a dark window pane. I've been photographing one woman at a time. She may climb a ladder into the star sprinkled sky, float heart deep in a river, or shed healing tears as flowers bloom from her empty palms.
I promise to listen to your story and to the Creator who knows exactly how your next chapter will begin. I promise to guide you, laugh with you, and give you the most precious thing I know: a deeper vision of yourself.
“I shut my eyes in order to see.” - Paul Gaugin
I’ll open mine when you close yours.
All my heart,
Based in the Midwestern United States, Lauren Richwine is available worldwide. When you boil it all down she's an artist with two daughters, two sisters, and a husband who help her chase the sacred natural.
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