From Behind the Lens
But that’s also precisely why I always think it’s wise to be protective of your space and your individuality - it’s very easy to get caught up trying to please others, trying to become something else to fit in better. You can lose your authenticity and your sense of your own voice in all the chatter. It’s important to always maintain a sense of self and act on that no matter what - or else your individual contribution is lost in a false identity. There’s a David Bowie interview that I love and I think of it all the time when I’m feeling stuck creatively or otherwise:
Never play to the gallery.... Never work for other people in what you do. Always remember that the reason that you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you could manifest in some way, you would understand more about yourself and how you co-exist with the rest of society.... I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations.
Alexandra is a self-taught photographer living and working in New York City. She has lately been branching out from portraiture to Street Photography and capturing realities of life and humanity. The persistence of romance and human connection is a focal area in her work as an attempt to show the best of what life can be and to encourage others not to give up on the world. She has photographed daily life in New York City, Havana, Viñales, and Tokyo and is looking forward to seeing and capturing more unifying images throughout the world. Check out her work: www.alexandrajnyc.com
When I was asked to collaborate on the Metamorphosis project I knew immediately it was a story I wanted to tell. As a photographer one of the realities of life and humanity that I’m always drawn to is how the sense of connection between two people shows itself. I’m always looking for those small gestures - hand holding, the way two people look at each other, unspoken understandings and similarities- that are evidence of the influence two people have on each-other. We absorb each-other. Our stories intertwine. We carry traits of people and we may not even know it. It’s just unavoidable. I like to operate off of the belief that people need people: I think that we are meant to learn from each other, to be mirrors and advocates for each other. To teach and learn from each other. Everyone you meet leaves their fingerprints on your life, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.
In this project one thing that was really important to me was to showcase elements of femininity that demonstrated both softness and strength. Friendship between women is something that the media can be very reductive of - it tends to be shown in ways which are very gossipy, or frivolous, or competitive. I wanted to be sure that none of those things would even be a thought in the mind of the viewer. I wanted everything to show the kind of gentle strength that we are capable of as women that is often overlooked, but is really extremely powerful.