Journal

A personal exercise in a time of transition. I am concerned with connecting to life through photography, words, nature, and cultivation. While photography is my primary medium, I find a freedom in the idea that photography is just a tool for communication, so the work here will not be limited to only photos but rather a conglomeration of visual or written work. A journal if you will. A diary. A record of time.

On a week of no-ego

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It’s not yet time to fully explain, or maybe even understand, all that was stirred up and sent out during the week on Dartmoor with Positive Light Projects. One of the most simple truths, though, is how grounding an ego-less, collaborative, discovery-heavy practice can be. In a world (face-to-face and digital) of capitalism, glitz, glamour, climb-to-the-top-of-the-ladder, and competitive markets (also capitalism?…I’m sensing a theme), the very fabric of community, ecology of self and nature, and craft seem easy to obliterate. How does one work through this? Dropping out is fine, but in isolation, nothing is made that much more pure. I would never have known about this residency/workshop except for a chain of events brought about by a friend, a podcast, and an Instagram account. I’m left with the desire to keep moving slowly, intentionally with my own practice for refinement, but also to save what is left of that quiet space inside of me where everything true and right stems from.

I am so very thankful to have learned from, discussed and worked with some truly beautiful people. So I’ll leave some memories and work made here as an archive.

Girls by the Dart Ilford HP5, Pentax 67

Girls by the Dart
Ilford HP5, Pentax 67

Brambles Ilford HP5, Pentax 67

Brambles
Ilford HP5, Pentax 67

Ana Ilford HP5, Pentax 67

Ana
Ilford HP5, Pentax 67

Thistle near the backdoor Ilford HP5, Pentax 67

Thistle near the backdoor
Ilford HP5, Pentax 67

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Ilford HP5, Pentax 67



Melissa Laree Cunningham