In one of my photography classes this Spring we had the semester-long assignment of compiling a photo book on the theme of our choice. My professor was adamant that we allow the theme to evolve instead of setting out on a mission, and if you know my task-oriented self, I had a really hard time just letting things come together. I began by looking through a portfolio of images I already had, and I noticed a trend of story-based portraits. By the nature of my travel experiences, they showed an intimate, documentary-style look at a girl’s experiences. Like you’re given the chance to peek in on the quiet moments of her life, chasing her across the world as her story develops.
I decided to title the book, “Elusive.” Every time I felt like I had caught up with this mysterious girl and begun to make sense of her travels, she seems to turn her back and be on the move. Yet, throughout all of the images, there’s this appealing, if not unsettling, peacefulness that centers the girl, even if she’s hard to capture. As if she’s on the run by choice, not by circumstance. Choosing to see every corner and explore every opportunity. Reflecting on where she’s been and dreaming of where she’s going.
In the end, I only put one piece of text in the book:
“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place,
I told him. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but
you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place,
because you’ll never be this way ever again.”