It happened. My heart started fluttering, and I my eyes were peeled to the computer screen.
A dormant dream was resuscitated when I received an email from Southeast Asia Backpacker. Let me back up a little...
One afternoon, I was evaluating what goals I want to reach in my professional life, and being published in a travel magazine was on the top of the list. I realized the only way make this goal a reality was to get going and send out my work. It's scary. Real scary. I feel like my work is being judged and only the most perfect shots are picked. However, I reminded myself that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Photography styles are like ice cream flavors- there are so many flavors, and not all are chosen (that'd be a mountainous cone!). If I would have to describe my flavor it would be a scoop of adventure, a dollop of liveliness, and a topping of curiosity- hopefully tasty to some. Ok, enough ice cream rambles. It's making me hungry.
Southeast Asia Backpacker is a magazine I have followed online when doing travel research. Then while in Bangkok, I picked up a hard copy. I looked through the photos, and instantly wanted to somehow be a part of the magazine. So, when I was brainstorming, I knew I had to email them. It worked. I received a response a few days later, and so it began- my first project for a magazine.
The editor wanted material for a 'local portrait' section. Instead of just driving by and snapping a quick photo, I wanted to choose someone that I got to know a little. Whenever possible, I strive to humanize my images. Every photo should have at least a little story. I knew exactly who I wanted to photograph- Gaye. She is beautiful, both inside and out. Ever since I met her a year ago, her smile has been engrained into my brain. It's contagious. She has made me feel like we've been friends for a long time. She has a way of interacting that makes me feel comfortable to just sit and chat about whatever crosses my mind.
Gaye owns a small bar/coffeeshop in Cape Panwa. It's a quiet part of Phuket, and that's exactly why she chose it. Her establishment is called "Smallplace." It's decorated with recycled materials she collected over the years. For example, walking in, you'll see a plant pot made from pens glued together and wall hangings made from sea glass- positioned to look like faces. She is always creating something new. Fairly recently, she has taught herself how to make bracelets. In low season, many people will take that time for making upgrades to their shops or doing side jobs. Gaye spends her low season continuing to work in her bar everyday and chats with those passing by. The rest of the time is spent bending over her table, designing new bracelets.
I am looking forward to the magazine making it's way to my house. I plan to take it straight over to Gaye, and hear her thoughts. I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity to show others this lovely lady, her resident cats, and artsy shop.
If you're interested in an online copy of the mag, here's the link: https://payhip.com/b/LMYZ