Safe to Cry

I know I have stuck emotions that need to be released if I've gone a few weeks without crying. I began the series "Safe to Cry" as a way for me to understand what's on my mind, honor my feelings, and hold space for my tears. To trigger my emotions, I look into a mirror and repeat affirmations until there's one that is difficult to say with conviction, or I will listen to music- whatever intuitively feels right at the time, and connect the lyrics to my personal life. I welcome my camera into these moments, but I am still sensitive to the presence of an outside gaze. I made many attempts at capturing my crying before I was successful. I reminded myself that these photos are for me first and foremost. I took a deep breath, looked through the lens, and envisioned my future self looking back at me. True intimacy requires vulnerability.