In March 2013 I moved to France. Upon my arrival I was overwhelmed by a new way of living, of communicating, and of existing. I began to use my camera as a guide in my discovery and comprehension of the new place I found myself in. It became an icebreaker, the topic of conversation, and eventually led to a project taking portraits of the new and extraordinary people I was welcomed by.
In particular, I turned my lens towards the women whom I met. I saw in them a beauty that I envied, something deep that they wore on the surface of their skin that not only defined them but revealed them. I was compelled to capture this “je ne sais quoi” in an effort to understand the image and the “way of being” of French women, and to see how it was different from my own.
The resulting images are these portraits. They are of women I was drawn too and of whom I came to know well. While photographing them, I realized that the intriguing elements of their beauty lied within their presence, so this is what I aimed to capture. In this way the images are more than just documentations of superficial beauty, they are encapsulated moments, energies, smiles, and spirits. Each portrait presenting a unique woman with a beauty that is commanding, graceful, and all her own