Project Update: Into the Unknown
There are new things on the horizon, I can see it. New landscapes I’ve yet to explore – within my artistic career and myself. I’ve been feeling it for some time now… and as I sat down today to write week 37 of the series, I somehow ended up with THIS post inexplicably. So I’m deciding to pay attention… to listen to whatever stirrings have finally decided to come out….
Closing One Chapter:
Although I have not reached a full 52 weeks on the project, I have made it a full year of shooting the series. (A few weeks were missed for holidays and bad weather). And so I’ve decided that I will make the informal close of the first year be at week 35. The dates of my last 5 or 6 posts I think will reveal I’ve slowed down things a bit. It’s good, in a way… it is because so much life has been happening. Rushing in quickly since the beginning of the year. Still, Life is happening, indeed.
I never planned on Week 35 to be the closing image, but somehow looking at it now, it feels appropriate. It is about the point in which life truly begins again… the rushing in of life and the reaching out into it. It suddenly feels just right for this image to close one chapter and allow for the next chapter to begin.
I say the “close of the first year” because I’m intending to continue “Still, Life” indefinitely, but at a slower pace. Perhaps one image a month. Or perhaps just organically as life allows room for. I will be working that out out over the coming weeks and months. I’ve still many shots planned for this series and others still unknown that will come – so I’ve no doubt that this is now going to be a series I carry on for a very long time.
Into the Unknown:
As for what lies ahead… there are other things my ambitious heart is yearning to get itself into. It’s a bit terrifying, and I have no idea where it’s going yet, but I’ve got some ideas. I’ve just submitted my first proposal for a public speaking engagement on death and creativity. I want to begin speaking to people about the healing power of creativity, about everything this project has taught me in the past year. About everything I’ve learned over the course of my life about creativity and healing, and the power of death to help us live life more fully. There is so much to share from behind the scenes of this series, and I’m feeling like it’s time to begin making room for that.
Along with public speaking, workshops, articles, and the like… the even bigger project that is calling my name is the “Still, Life” book. I have dreamt of this since I first begin the series. Have held it in my mind and heart all this time. With every image and every word written… with every painstaking hour and uncomfortable position I put myself in for a shot… always, the book was there in the background whispering to me. A physical manifestation of one woman’s voyage… navigating the depths of herself as she lives through death, loss, fear, anger, and despair… coming out the other end more powerful and more alive than ever before.
This is the first time I’ve been so open about sharing of the book. I’m hoping it lands in supportive hearts… I’m having faith that it will be heard by just the right people out there who can help me to make it happen too. I believe in those connections… in opening the door and the right person walking in. I’ve got faith and things to share and I know the right publisher will be found. And the right speaking and writing opportunities will too. If you’re out there read this, and have any advice, ideas, or connections for me, feel free to leave a comment below or message me on my Facebook page. My heart is open, I’m ready for what’s ahead, and I’m all ears.
I want to thank everyone who has been on this journey with me thus far, whether you have been enduring your own journey with death or not. The growth and number of lives this project has touched could not have happened without every one of you. When it’s gotten hard to keep going, just knowing I had an obligation here – with you – kept me pushing ahead. And it will continue to do so as I take my first steps into the next phase of this journey… onward it goes. Thank you all!
So inspired by all you have accomplished, and all the dreams ahead! I’m cheering for you and know this is just the beginning of all you have to offer the world with your art and your heart.
Thank you so much Laura! I still have your print by my bedside – the hot air balloon. it makes me smile daily. I’m so glad to know you and so thankful for your support!
The world is opening up so many doors for you Sarah, and I see that happening quickly. May each of those doors bring you the most incredibly beautiful blessings and all that you deserve in life. May all that is coming next for you be filled with life’s greatest possibilities, opportunities and connections with all the people who you wish to help.
Blessings Beautiful Soul… Blessings Beautiful You!!
Thank you my soul sister and all of my love to you!! I’m so grateful for your continued support!
I’ve recently found your blog while searching online for images depicting grief. I’ve experienced so much of my own grief, supported others through their grief, and been exposed to many stories of grief that I’ve been feeling the need to encapsulate the experience in visual terms. Your photography and your words have captured what I was looking for.
Grief comes in many forms, and humanity needs the sort of raw honesty that you have shared here. Your blog is among the most well written and visually gripping I have yet come across that touches on an aspect of life that brings great pain and discomfort to have to acknowledge. But your words and images speak to that pain and discomfort, and in turn create a balm of understanding for the wounded seeker.
Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for sharing your gift. I look forward to updates about your book. I would love to own a copy.
Thank you so much for this beautiful note. YOu have no idea what your words have meant to me. You are clearly a beautiful writer yourself just by judge of this comment. And a very insightful person… it is such an honor to receive such words from someone else who has also been through the fire. Thank you so much. I will be keeping everyone updated on the book!