“The Great Escape”

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“How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

WOW. Just WOW. Where to begin?! This is a bit different then my portraits. But i was so inspired by my favorite artist, Brooke Shaden’s seminar last week. In a way it was a wake up call to me. You see i have to confess, i have been a little stubborn and dumb…I have this fear of not being good enough, not being able to create what is in my head and in turn fail because i don’t even try. Part laziness, part fear has led me to abandon my art photography. Brooke Shaden was so inspirational and amazing and helped showed me i CAN do it. I don’t need expensive props or elaborate sets. All you need is to dream it up, think it out, and GO DO IT. So i attempted it. Books are a huge part of me, i’m an avid reader and the world falls away when i am in a book and i wanted to show this. So i sketched it out, called my awesome local photography  friend, Allie Beckley, to model,  emptied out my dining room, pulled my books off my bookshelves and i DID it. i am in LOVE with my final image. I am proud of myself. I feel a part of myself stretching and coming to light and excitingly coming back alive. There’s soo many things i feel i can do now. I feel sooooo alive and happy how can i not continue this? I learned that i need to stop letting these fears and laziness overcome me. My life is passing and what have i done? It’s time to dream big and let go of the worries so i can move forward and be proud of myself. To do what i LOVE every minute. i am sooo excited in this new chapter and i am not going to let that fear of “not being able to do something” keep me from doing anything anymore. This morning i woke up feeling amazing and had four ideas that were just screaming to be sketched out and come to life. No more regrets on what could have been, what should have been, and how it could be. So this is my tribute to Brooke Shaden for re-lighting the fire inside me as it is very very very influenced by her work, to her i say thank you from the bottom of me heart, thank you for waking me up.

Sincerely, Robin Spalding