“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
Aloha! Thank you to all my wonderful followers who have been messaging me that miss my blog posts – I spent most of July enjoying quality time with Jay before he started a new job and generally detoxing from too much time on social media and blogging. I often find that if I spend to much time online I lose my creativity, and I needed some time to recharge. Jay and I decided to spend a magical two weeks in Maui – pretty much our favorite place on earth. Maui makes me feel so alive and grateful and full of renewed creativity.
Maui gave me the time and space to be grateful for everything I have. I’m so lucky to live on this planet with so much natural beauty, to have love, amazing friendships, supportive family members, and to be connecting and meeting so many other creatives like you through my blog. I also feel so grateful that I don’t deal with financial stress (yes being a creative means that the likelihood of being a starving artist is a true concern). I also got to swim with so many sea turtles which was one of the best experiences of my life and I am so honored to have met such beautiful creatures.
Creatively, I took space to ruminate on my creative direction and imagery. I realize that I hate the stereotypical idea of a “fashion blogger” – a girl posing daily outfit of the day #OOTD s and just selling brands. It feels so meaningless and what I do is about making images that I enjoy aesthetically and emotionally. I had an epiphany that I will focus my vision on my authentic artistic sense and not on trends or what is popular. I also fell in love passional with nature on my tip, and strongly feel an urge to include nature as my muse and model in each of my editorials. Where do you stand on the issue of being true to your own authenticity or compromising for commercial gain?
I also want to share more personal stories about my creative process. For instance this editorial was something I had envisioned for years ever since I first visted the remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline of Wai’anapanapa State park on the Road to Hana in Maui. I have been obsessed by the idea of shooting on black sand ever since I saw an amazing editorial by Herb Ritts of all the great supermodels in Hawaii from 1989.
There is something haunting, super epic, and very surreal about the dramatic textures that cover is landscape. I had a vision of wearing this neon lime H&M dress from several years ago to create an amplified juxtaposition of color between myself and the surrounding lava rocks. Little did I realize how painful it would be to lie down on lava rocks and attempt to do a photoshoot (not to mention hoards of tourists were flocking everywhere getting in my shots). Meanwhile there was so much wind and my tripod and iPhone kept falling everywhere!! Jay (tech genius that he is) kept shouting out to me “Asha do you realize your iPhone is not water proof??” or “Asha sand does not do well in an iPhone!!!!!” … LOL…but no one, no sand, no water, no tourists can stop me from getting my shots.
I’m so happy with the results from this shoot and I hope that my stories and images inspire you! I will be sharing a lot more editorials form Hawaii in the up coming weeks and ore exciting project I have been shooting since I got back to the Bay Area! Hope you all are enjoying a wonderful and creative summer!
Lots of Love and thanks for reading!