The person appearing in the photos is my friend Rozie Jordan, who introduced the Clarice Lispector quote “fruit without sadness” to me and has it tattooed on her arm.
I chose this phrase as my title because it aptly names the desire I pursue with my photography, and it also connects me to Rozie and what I learn from her. What I mean is the following: I want to live my life painfully present to it. I want to live all of my life as if there is no pretense, no disengaging, no pretending to be who someone else wants me to be. To strip away the disguises and masks that people wear and that I wear and to be fully engaged in the chaos of it, what is controlled and what is uncontrolled. I want to draw in close, intimate and feel things breathing.
"I want inside this night that is longer than life, I want, inside this night, life raw and bloody and full of saliva. I want this word: splendor, splendor is the fruit in its succulence, fruit without sadness".
Clarice Lispector, Água Viva