BETTER DAZE

In an effort to simultaneously tackle the worlds of 4x5 film and conceptual portraiture, Better Daze was born. This series is my take on experiencing life's emotional discomfort. Each image features a person very dear to me, whom I have recently shared and exchanged moments with during periods of emotional discomfort in their or my own personal life. The use of the 4x5 camera exagerrates the feelings of discomfort, and adds a level of uneasiness and heaviness to most images. Each setting is meant to acknowledge each person's feelings and their sources, and reveal the beauty and learning in such moments of realization.

"Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we're holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we'd rather collapse and back away. They're like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we're stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it's with us wherever we are."

-Pema Chodron