take heart / by narika mckenzie

"Courage, the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language — it’s from the Latin word cor, meaning heart — and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart." - Brene Brown [ The power of vulnerability ]

I thought I would lead with this because this is what I hope directs my work, I want to tell stories and I fail to tell them without my heart.

I feel so transparent every time I attempt to freeze a moment permanently; it is both the thing I have always loved doing most and one that makes me feel terribly uncool. I was stopped by uncredited words a while back, "If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph." I wondered if the author wanted to remain unknown, to remain anonymous in their awareness that every frame captured is an attempt to freeze the inevitable passing of time; every photograph taken is a clenched fist grasping moments that pass too quickly.