Capturing your essence with physical significance is another.
When we document of our moments, we are not capturing what we did but how we felt with what was around us. The ambiance created throughout someone's life, on a daily measure is hard if not difficult to perceive. Drops of our essence leave our patience, soul and hope throughout our lives. Till the day we set free, it may not even be measurable to the self. A voyage is necessary.
One can go on a vacation to shield away their knowns in their daily routines; family, common relatable relationships and devour themselves in sacred zen. When it comes time to settle in the essence of where they really are, that is their possible period of acceptance. A direction is pursued.
This is not your period of loss or perfection of complete Buddhist rituals, but to find your purpose in this world. Your essence.
Working with henna, I have always wondered where I was headed and why I could not let go of such an earthly-rooted medium.
Of course, there was cultural significance and the excuses of culture shock but my birth had a purpose. There was something missing as everything has a set structure; as our lungs to breathe, our diaphragm to direct the path and our mouth and nasal captivity to allow change. These photographs, beautifully captured by Hennygraphy, were to capture theory or practices of wearable art so why the need of an explanation?
Because one hand created the shell of skin which breathed an essence to escape to its purpose. The very soil we walk above, among and breathe in has evoken a meaning. As I retrace patterns practiced by my ancestors, I breathe in the meaning to recreate with the quality of remaining here with purpose. I create to cultivate the culture. Henna, in its essence, has the power to constantly remind me of that lineage. Every line would connect, from beginning to end. Every bride adorned, would be a part of my journey to explore my roots. To find my essence.