Carmin Davidson and I collaborated on a project. Carmin is a really brilliant photographer and just so happens to be someone I went to pre-school with, wore snowpants with, played four-square with, had sleepovers with.
We share a history.
And although we never traded carrots for fruit roll-ups, we bonded over the fact that we desperately wanted to. That our mothers packed us colourful crunchy things we didn’t want to eat. Two carrots, better than one.
Carmin and I wanted to explore our own individual creative process.’ We wanted to explore what it would be like to take them apart, what it would be like to put them together.
Before the shoot, she asked:
I want you to write down some words about where you are right now: in your life and in your body.
She then provided me with very specific instructions:
I want you to be comfortable. Wear whatever you wish to display. Display you. I would like some music playing. Music you love. I’m going to bring some film and 3 cameras, my aeropress and ground hazelnut coffee (we can press it together) and some flowers.
I gave her what I wrote.
From here, Carmin attached different words and feelings from these words to specific rooms in my apartment. I chose a pose that encapsulated these words, this feeling. She took a photograph that encapsulated these words, this feeling.
We always talk about what it’s like to take your Yoga off the mat. We do this through our energies and actions, yes. But what happens if we include the Asana part? What would it be like to kick back in Dancer’s in the kitchen, forward fold in the bathtub, shoulder-stand on the bed.
How can we really bring Yoga into our most personal spaces.
For more of Carmin’s photos, go to: http://www.cdavidsonphotographyblog.com