A Space of Our Own
These pictures document husband and wife, Kylie and Ben, as they put the first coats of paint on what will be their new creative studio space.
These images, shot on film, tell a story about the excitement of bringing a dream into life. They speak of the anticipation we feel in imagining the endless possibilities of what we could create.
These pictures hold deep meaning, beyond just the transforming of a literal studio space.
These pictures form parallels between the literal transformation of the studio space, and the idea that we transform ourselves and others, through deep and meaningful relationships in our lives.
I wrote a poem inspired by this series of pictures, and I’ve attached it below as a piece of this submission. I hope you enjoy it:
We pour the first canister of paint.
You take to painting the trim, I work on the walls.
We’re giddy with excitement.
But we focus, and back up to analyze our work.
I stare at the walls and the light hits my feet,
As if to anoint me.
We imagine this space.
A space that will host ideas, relationships, creative endeavors
That have yet to be conceived.
And here we are, pouring the holy paint that will make a miracle of this space.
Yes, this space.
The space that is clouded with mustard yellow walls,
And dust on the floor
And cracks in the wall
And a sink that spews water
And a door that creaks open.
We take to fixing the door, each of us wielding our tools.
A screwdriver for you, a paintbrush for me.
On opposite sides, we’re unified by the same challenge.
And with our hands, we bring our
We make life in this broken space.
And you wrap me in your arms.
And spin me around.
Just you & me, in this space.
And suddenly I see.
The greatest space I get to create,
Will always be in us.
We set down our tools, as the sun sets.
The light dances through the windows,
And our space is a little less broken than it was before.