An au­da­cious ar­to­bi­og­ra­phy

The Central Voice - - Editorial - Carolyn R. Par­sons Carolyn R. Par­sons is an au­thor who lives in Cen­tral New­found­land and Labrador and she can be reached at car­olyn­r­par­sons@gmail.com

The word au­da­cious is tasty like a bar of Bel­gium choco­late that you pull out when some­body drops by and brings a bot­tle of red. It’s spe­cial, and only fits cer­tain sit­u­a­tions and peo­ple, kind of like a nice hat or a pair of for­mal gloves.

It’s my favourite word and to­day I’m pulling it out.

I’ve had the good for­tune this week to speak to an amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­pher named Kit Sora, whose cre­ativ­ity can only be de­scribed as unique, thought­pro­vok­ing, in­ter­est­ing and, most of all, au­da­cious.

Her new project, a 100-page photo book cu­rated by En­gen Books of New­found­land and Labrador, con­tains her pho­tog­ra­phy with a piece of short fic­tion in­spired by her im­ages. The sto­ries in­cluded in this book are by best­selling and award-win­ning au­thors from all over the coun­try, in­clud­ing sev­eral from Cen­tral New­found­land.

In Kit’s work you’ll see provoca­tive im­ages of mer­maids and maid­ens, fairies and vix­ens. And, here’s the best part. They’re all self-por­traits. Even bet­ter, she does not use pho­to­shop to cre­ate them. In­stead, she builds props and cre­ates her scenes the old­fash­ioned way.

“I spend all week fig­ur­ing out what my vi­sion is, get my props ready and ev­ery week­end we load up and shoot on Sun­days,” she told me.

The work is as­tound­ing. Set against New­found­land and Labrador’s ma­jes­tic scenery, it is thought-pro­vok­ing, whim­si­cal and beau­ti­ful.

Art is an ex­ten­sion of the artist. It is their im­pres­sions and ideas, shared with the pub­lic through their cre­ativ­ity. It is their com­men­tary on the world. To put a part of them­selves into it is vi­tal to its in­tegrity.

But to put your lit­eral self into it is bold on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent level. You’re not only say­ing, this is mine, but this is me. Then to take that very in­ti­mate art and ask oth­ers to in­ter­pret it through their writ­ing is a fur­ther bold and unique step to take.

To truly cre­ate artis­tic work, you need to break open all the seals, dig deep into your own heart, us­ing your deep­est weak­nesses as fre­quently as you use your great­est strengths.

I also be­lieve that to truly live a whole, con­nected life you need to be bravely vul­ner­a­ble at times. That may sound like an oxy­moron but it isn’t.

It’s hard to be vul­ner­a­ble, to lay your soul bare and to be seen in all your im­per­fect glory but it is truly brave to be that au­then­tic in your life.

It is only through au­then­tic­ity that we can be all we are meant to be. Hav­ing suc­cess by be­ing some­thing other than who you are is not true suc­cess, it just looks good.

The Ar­to­bi­og­ra­phy will be avail­able in late Oc­to­ber.

Find Kit Sora’s pho­tog­ra­phy at www.kit­sora.com

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