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published December 14, 2019

Based on experiences that aided growth across ten months, VITALS is a journal of music photography, a vivid collection of the dynamic between living outward for the things you love and living inward for the care of your mind. I always thought publishing a photo book would be a really fun experience. It never seemed like the right time, but I figured: if not now, when?

The initial inspiration for VITALS came forth when I began working regularly with bands on a personal level, and started noticing the interesting personalities of introverted and extroverted people within the music industry. More often than not there were more naturally introverted people with extroverted moments. I became fascinated with capturing those moments among all the noise, and with the rapid heightening and decompression of energy these artists would push themselves through for their art, onstage and off. This sometimes meant pushing through a tough mental state as well and I learned that I was the same in my process. 

On my social platforms, I was getting asked a lot of questions about how I stay so open and honest about my bad days in the process of my creative ventures, which I didn't realize at the time was a lot harder for some people. I was inspired to create VITALS in order to send the message that allowing yourself to be fully present with who you are and to let yourself feel vulnerable is not weakness, but can be a great aid to your growth as an individual, especially in the creative brains of artists. With them in mind, I started production.

There are so many things I want people to gain from VITALS and messages that I want to come through, but at the end of the day, art is perceived in a variety of different ways and I know that I won't be able to control everyone's emotional connection, or lack of, to the book. It's almost like I'm completely paralyzed to the endless possibilities of what I want people to feel from it. But what I hope comes through is the message that no matter what goal you set for yourself or how difficult it may be to reach, that the actual process of reaching that goal is as beautiful and artistic as the final product. I hope people will gain the understanding that negative days are just as crucial, if not more, to individual growth and that vulnerability is not weakness, but your most valuable strength.

When I finished VITALS I was nowhere near ready for it to be published, out in the world for anyone to see and interpret however they wanted. I didn't know if I was ready for a piece of my soul to be felt by the rest of the world. A lot of hard work and discipline went into completing the book in 2019, but the most important part of it all was letting myself feel confident in being seen wholly and honestly, and I hope that comes through when reading. I've heard so many incredible responses already. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. So here it is! Based on experiences that aided personal growth across ten months, VITALS is a catharsis for emotional expression and a vivid dynamic between living outward for the things you love and living inward for the care of your mind. Now it’s yours.

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