“Lacerations (Self Portrait Series)"
Four 11"X14” Silver Gelatin Prints
2006

This self portrait series was the first of a large body of portraits that I have done at this very sacred location, in collaboration with this particular tree. This tree is very important to me, I was drawn to it ten years ago and have returned countless times to photograph myself there, for ritual, for prayer and for alone time, especially during major transitions in my life. The foundation of my ten year relationship with this tree is that of self discovery and a dedication to harmony and balance in my life. This is ancestral land for me, when I am there I am amongst my Ancestors.

This series documents the first time I cut my hair and began my locs. These portraits speak to my experience of emotional pain at that time. The potential of that lashing emotional pain to transition me into higher states of consciousness by dispelling illusion. In those images I step into bravery to confront all that stands in my way.