Let the Light Have a Hold of You. With Katie West.
It’s Sunday morning (my time). It’s overcast and the light outside is somber, almost brooding. Yesterday I subjected myself to crowds against my better nature on numerous occasions — I feel I still need to decompress from that (even if half the crowds were undead) but yet feel restless somehow. It’s the beginning of the week again for me. I know many treat Monday as the first day of the week but to mark the week by the rhythm of working seems too depressing.
For me, this image is quintessential Katie. Her gaze is direct and bold, challenging you to engage with her yet holding the possibility that in doing so you will swallowed whole. There is no shame, merely a body suspended by place and context. Juxtaposed together is mystery and revelation; it’s as if she wants you to know but remains hidden.
I’ve been trying to meet Katie in person for awhile — for the last couple years, work has been teasing me with the possibility of travel to Toronto. My general indifference to business travel has probably complicated this endeavour but the first time it came up, I contacted Katie on whim to see if we could meet. That never panned out. Then, out of the blue, this trip came up with barely a few weeks notice. I didn’t hold a lot of hope for the ability to organize any kind of social activity outside of work but I threw the idea out to Katie anyways.
Long story short, it worked. Katie and I had a long conversation. And this happened. It wasn’t really planned — I hadn’t mentioned anything about the possibility of shooting beforehand. But I dragged a suitcase full of lights and light bulbs halfway across the country and it seemed a good idea at the time. After shooting and before I had a chance to really look at the images, I was a little concerned that the images would be all Katie but I’m glad what is there is a fusion, a blend of our styles. There is something to be said for serendipitous harmony.
There’s a few of these that I missed when they were first posted.
You know when you first meet someone and within a few minutes you’ve pretty much decided if you like them or not and if you’re going to get along well? Within two minutes I decided I liked jtyoung and that we were going to get along just fine. Fast forward 6 hours later and my initial assessment would prove correct.