the story

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'why' the poppies

i'm a story teller. i have never really been any good at living my own life, but running away and being someone else has always worked for me. i've been a student, a lover, a singer, dancer, writer, always an actress...playing a part. life in chaos, never knowing who i'd be from one day to the next.

 

the most peaceful moment of my life was on a train from italy to switzerland. my mom and i traveled europe for 2 weeks, checking things off our bucket list, going from venice, to austria, to the cotswolds. on a 3 hour express train ride, we talked of our hopes and dreams, all the places we still wanted to see.... and in a moment of silence, we looked out our window to the biggest field of flowers i’d ever seen. rows and rows of beautiful red poppies... spanning what looked to be miles. pristine, untouched, dancing in the wind... looking out that window as if we were in an art gallery and they were the masterpiece. in between italy and switzerland... i have never felt more free. like in between was exactly where i was always meant to be... dancing with the poppies.

that moment passed and time went by. more and more versions of myself have lived... then i picked up a camera and it was like all of sudden i'd found that peace again, the sense of belonging. capturing peoples stories and wrapping them up in a perfect memory. there's something so exciting about being the one to capture that moment, like you're let in on a secret... that no one else will ever fully understand except the people in front of the camera and you, behind... soaking it all in. the stories i see behind the lens are precious, and real... i started 'with the poppies' as a way to capture everything from the big moments to a tuesday afternoon eating pizza on a rooftop. every single photograph has a story worth telling, it's there...and i'm here to tell it.

 

fairytale, drama, love story, comedy... come see the world through my lens.

xoxo,

mackenzie