Beauty & Closure
Closure is defined on the interwebs as: "Letting go of what once was. Finding closure implies a complete acceptance of what has happened and an honouring of the transition away from what's finished to something new."
Beauty & Closure:
A 6 part photo series. A collaboration created by my friend/photographer/awesome individual - Andrew Keung & I on a chapter of my life in: Love, Loss, Found.
For the past 3 or so years, I've been in and out of a long distance relationship. We met at 18 locally and after 3 months, we began a loving, crazy long distance adventure.
Through my first LDR journey, I've been blessed with many incredible experiences. The relationship created, gave me a safe space to explore love. Where I learned to be independent and hold it down when being apart, the importance of communication & how to work hard, save & fly. I experienced & gained lessons of how to travel with someone else in foreign land + have fun & come back alive! I learned that buying basic toiletries for a house is a thing (living at home, I never had to think twice about if there's toilet paper). I practiced better networking + what to do at family and work dinners with my +1 and how to care about each other's world. How to bake cheesecake and cure salmon like a champ. Intimacy, what it means to me, to us and an array of firsts. Lastly how to not take time or the little things for granted because they are everything.
With parting ways, an array of undesirable emotions experienced is typically a given.. but from being able to go to a place where my emotions reached so far away from happiness, I was able to meet another part of me who fought through and...
who I am, came back stronger, more loving rather than otherwise. I learned to ask myself what I want, need and how to change my perspective (story) to empower me and those around me! (:
Thus between Love, Loss & Being Found, I met Beauty and Closure.
"I have so much love for you. You have taught me that love is not always fiery passion or booming fireworks, it can be groggy exchange of 'good morning' on Monday and it is possible to be a whisper that says, "maybe later but definitely not now." I love you so much I would do anything for you, even let you go."
- LT (theloveletterseries)
And here we have it, set #1!
A little bit about this set visual wise:
During the morning of, the bright light + dark shadows created these soft silhouettes which worked perfectly in embodying the mood/transition I felt entering into this shoot. It was the first time I've invited someone to shoot the raw, natural emotional side of me. For once this shoot wasn't on the dress, the mountains, the make up or the hair! (I pretty much rolled out of bed in the morning, put on a somewhat presentable face and got to work on the kitchen floor in what I slept in :P)
About the Photographer: Shoot-and-Raw
I couldn't think of anyone better than Andrew to collaborate with on this project. We've known each other for more than a decade via Chinese school, and thanks to social media, I was able to see him (photography, writing, design) develop, inspire and create. His captures often instills a sense of calmness and cool, which I always found soothing to view (added, it was what I envisioned this series to be: calm, simple and moody). I really can't thank him enough for being so patient in working with me on this series, he's incredibly understanding and is a great person to roam around the city with!
Andrew is currently an aspiring architect majoring in Architectural Studies and Visual Studies in University of Toronto . You can find + follow him & love up his art @Andrew.Keung + check out a start up he is currently involved with for more ART @Projectx40c
@Lov3stia ~ I'm excited and nervous to be sharing this personal piece with my readers, and I hope in every relationship that you choose to be in, is in, or decide to step out of... that you are able to find more beauty in who you are, with what has occurred and see it as a blessing. I wish that in closure, you are able to make peace with your past and be friend it in a way that serves you, allowing you the chance to only love yourself even more because you chose to love.