Jen & Ann in San Miguel de Allende, October 2016
Photo by: Chris Michel
THIS WAS THE BEGINNING...
In the fall of 2016, Jen got on a plane to Mexico for photographic mentoring from National Geographic Photographer, Sam Abell. Ann did the same for the first time–though she didn't know why. Meant to be. Jen and Ann were drawn to each other almost immediately, and the ensuing week solidified their shared affinity for photography, creating meaningful and relevant lives, and the exploration of light, landscape, and human nature.
Both Jen and Ann arrived in San Miguel de Allende with many unanswered questions about the road ahead: they both left careers in the corporate world hoping to find purpose through photography, writing, and collaboration. These two women are in different phases of life, and yet, they are learning to see the world and their roles within it both together and individually.
Paradox + Polarity was born, first and foremost, because these two women are inspired by each other and are learning to see anew in each others' presence. Secondly, this project is an effort to articulate what photography and the principles of light have to offer a world that often feels shattered and broken. We are drawn to the beauty and sorrow of desert landscapes and the classic method of black and white photography.
These are the stories of light and dark we tell in order to find the gray – the areas in between polarities of ease, grace, and form.