When I first met Ava we instantly vibed. It wasn't hard, she has an open soul. Approached with high energy and easy conversation it felt like we knew each other from way back. I first saw her perform at pure lounge on U street. The air of the lounge vibrated with energy from all the emerging artists waiting to share the words that best expressed them as beings.
She had a song with another artist but was able to share her spoken word from her EP called vandalized. We both share the passion to be the best at what we do, as women, and as black women. It's no question, the music business is dominated by men, and women are just sex symbols, but AVA does not let that domination kill her approach and way of performance. At 5'0 and small frame, she goes in like a beast. She's unapologetically herself. Artists like that inspire me to do this #creativecollaboration project. Never have I experienced energy like hers.
I've been on a constant shooting schedule lately and I've felt I needed to add something new to my port. So I got in contact with Fig & Suki through T.H.E. Artist Agency, who are always willing to help when I need them. I feel my portfolio falling into place. The idea I had of what my portfolio would look like growing up is becoming a reality.
A couple of weeks ago I had a feeling of stagnancy. Falling into repetition. This shoot help change that. Now, I am on the path to securing an aesthetic (something I have been battling) I guess redundancy and aesthetic become perpendicular at some point. At the same time I want to be the photographer who continuously reinvents themselves. Getting stuck in a box or category is something I want to move away from (i've always been a bit rebellious).
By all means, I am still learning patience but I see the necessity of the gradual up hill climb. The journey is slow but i'm beginning not to mind it.
" He that hurries through life hurries to his grave. "
- George R. R. Martin