Edited by Lesley Nowlin, Girlfriends is a selection of photographs taken between 1993, when I first started shooting in college with an Olympus OM1, and 2013. 20 years of film and digital images were narrowed down to over 100 selects from which Nowlin chose 24 of the most intimate photographs for her final edit, shown here. Girlfriends is exhibition ready.
Girlfriends is an intimate and autobiographical introspection into the growth of my artistic style. I started photographing my girlfriends early in my life while shooting fashion photography, but photography itself became too intimate and personal to me to reconcile it as simply a commercial pursuit. I realized that I was most satisfied with the unscripted images that told a real story. I had captured with my girlfriends images that reflected my own personality and self-expression.
Creating moments with these strong, beautiful women, who have impacted my life so profoundly, became an entrance into my own personal nirvana. I felt a heavy contentment from shooting to editing, and a calming reassurance that I was doing exactly what I was meant to do.
While the shooting itself usually leaves me emotionally drained, returning to the images brings me back to the time when the photos were taken; of the complicated tangle of youth and feminism, of conspiratorial secrets, of intoxicated nights. This labor of love ultimately strung the images together and holds them close as Girlfriends.