Laura is a smiling soft spoken woman I met in Brooklyn. I have always felt that she had successfully accepted something really big in her life and that her smile remained or survived as a result. Her Facemotion portrait is what I felt in her and she let me see during the shoot. She inspires the representation of true enjoyment of the moment. Here is what she wrote to describe herself:
I am New York, my twang, my hair, my walk. How I clothe myself, the colors I choose, the shoes I sport.
My Mama and Daddy … ”New York” “Brooklyn” now I’ve landed here… I am no longer just NY, more finite, I am… “Brooklyn”. Me, Mama, Daddy, we have come full circle, who knew.
I have been here, NY, for my entirety. I have lived near the beach, in the mountains, near a forest, on the river, on the 15th floor and surrounded by concrete all in “my” diverse “New York”.
I have survived crack dens, guarded loved ones as they dropped like flies “AIDS”, spent a decade of nights, morning and noon’s in dance clubs. Camped out in secret spots in Central Park. Rode my bike like a magic carpet, Harlem to the A, B, C’s as the sun rose up behind us…NY byways were our own private highways.
My child is New York. My child reflects the rays of the sun while I absorb the light. Our multiplicity so apparent, and yet, we walk with rhythm and ease in our New York. This child is now Brooklyn.
I am an evolution because of my New York. Patient, gentle, pierced, honest, loving, tattooed…I walk with my heart because of my New York.
Anything I want tangible here in my “New York”.
Decades of wonderful art and artists…
The gift of this extraordinary artist, that I have written this for; thankful to you Brooklyn, NY. This friend, this spectacular Brooklyn creator has inspired these words. NY has brought us together.
My Facemotions… so much more than a beautiful aesthetic. For me it’s about how the artist is choosing to give back. It is strength, empowerment, beauty and love continuously entwined. Art defines me and in turn I need to constantly be part of a creative process. Facemotions has enabled this.
With this project I’m looking in the mirror of my life with unbound inspiration and excitement…I have fallen in love…