5 years ago I used to blog almost daily. I used the platform to show work, write thoughts, explore the various places the internet would take me. Then I stopped. Some interpersonal relationships really affected my ability to write and post freely. I became unexpectedly pregnant as a single lady living in NY, and was embarrassed to write about what I was experiencing. (or maybe just didn’t want to share how much I was freaking out and didn’t have answers to anything) Then I got busy. With paying work. So that took precedence and I shifted to blogging only about work related things. But I missed the space to write. The practice of it and the clarity it helped give me. Then I started an anonymous tumblr and I put my personal musings there for a while but it lost steam too. Then (THEN!) blogging seemed to change swiftly into a different kind of beast. Everything was (is) sponsored, styled, and started to feel a bit disingenuous (at least the blogs I was reading). People stopped reading them as much. (myself included) But for about 2 years now I’ve been toying with the idea of picking it up again. But I didn’t know what content it should hold… Was it photo related? Was it just a space for writing? Was it about my experience as a single working mom in NYC? Was it personal or professional? Also, who starts a brand new blog in 2016? When it’s such a tired form of communication? The answer is that I don’t have any answers. But I can’t shake the feeling and sometimes we just have to put one foot in front of the other. So I put this space together for me for you. To share the last 2 years worth of photos that have never been seen. To offer some thoughts on my journey as a freelance photographer and the art and business of taking photographs for a living. To share about what it’s like to be raising a 5 year old girl, half of that time alone. My brain needs an outlet and this little piece of real estate is going to be it. I keep thinking of that quote “a year from now you’ll be glad you started today”. So to new beginnings. And blank slates. And five year cycles. Here’s the the unknown. xo, Brooke
p.s. this photo is from the archives… it was taken in Tulum, Mexico (one of my top five fave places on earth) a big tulum post is in the works and will be posted soon!