Vibez of a smile.
Recently, I’ve been in contemplation of what a purpose is. Then, how can our purpose connect to our roots? What more can I do with my gift to show my world that I am grateful for my freedom?
I am a Chinese Vietnamese American woman, living an, admittedly, sheltered life in the United States because my parents survived. Now I’m going to pay it forward by returning to the land of my ancestors. It’s time.
A very dear friend of mine volunteered in Vietnam with an incredible organization, Pacific Links Foundation, and opened my heart to building compassion for people of my heritage. Through her experience and now with my own interaction with the organization, I am waking to the global issue of human trafficking, which is essentially, modern day slavery.
For anyone interested in watching a video about acting to move dreams of a safer world to reality, here is the inspirational president of the org, Diep Vuong, voicing the importance of human trafficking prevention, giving girls the future they deserve, and the kindness of strangers that can move us all forward.
There is much to learn, but also much we can all do, to be helpful in our world.
So much has happened in the last week. There have been major shifts in many lives that are close to me and it’s forcing me to contemplate the death of lost dreams and the universal process of grieving that all people go through.
I’m realizing that a lot of the core ideas of my work revolve around death. It’s interesting to me that one can often find their deepest essence through the act of expressing themselves, uninhibited. Sometimes you can’t even fully grasp what is emerging, you just know you absolutely have to manifest what is conjuring inside of you. Sometimes the aftermath reveals the magnitude of the truth. It can feel like the truth of the truth. Is that even possible??
Right now, as No.6 Collective begins to spread its wings (check us out at www.numbersixcollective.com or www.facebook.com/numbersixcollective), I’m diving deeper into my own unique expression. In simple words, I’m practicing letting go. Expanded, I’m learning how to hold the greater picture while still having the will and the heart to stay grounded and excel as a person of society. Sometimes I get too concerned with form and meaning, and lose sight of the beauty of raw, vulnerable, expression.
These photos are practice shots from a location scouting for a photo collection I’m producing alongside some very talented and special women, that will be shared at the No.6 anniversary show. Stay tuned, it’s gonna be bitchin’.
One of my very first film photos taken on my first 35mm camera.
Making the darkroom a new home in 2013.