Photography is not easy for me. It is not something that I feel undivided about. Rather I feel weary, in love, skeptical. I am in love with my camera, but we are well past the honeymoon phase. We fight constantly. Sometimes I won’t touch her for weeks, others I can’t leave her alone. I daydream of all the things we could do together. I am irritable and judgmental, in that way you get with someone you are heavily invested in and so very vulnerable to. I hate how in your face she is, undeniably there and impossible to hide. I wish she could be more discreet, and give me what I want without having to make all of us so uncomfortable all of the time. I wish she didn’t require so much goddamn courage. She’s exhausting. Maybe I’m just resentful because no matter how I try to get around it, I need her.
When I see a photo that makes me feel, it moves around my insides like storm clouds gathering. My skin becomes taut with emotion. In that moment, the uncertainty…that weariness evaporates and is replaced with pure and unadulterated adoration and the irrefutable desire to be able to do the same thing. To create images that move around other people’s insides. To communicate something with a camera that cannot be communicated any other way. I’ve seen a photo and wanted to eat it. I’ve wanted to stretch a photo over me like a blanket and hide under it forever. I’ve cried, I’ve laughed, I’ve been angry. I’ve gotten the stress sweats. No matter how I try to hide, the camera finds me and I am defenseless.
Sasha Turrentine is currently “living the dream” at home with mom and dad in Aptos, paying the bills as a booze hustler at the 515 and climbing rocks on the side. She has a creepy cat obsession and really doesn’t like it when people introduce themselves prefaced with “By the way”. She also blogs about herself.
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Friday June 7th
107 Walnut Ave.