It is challenging for me to believe I finally get to share this with you: my CLOUDS zine is now available for order!
In previous posts I’ve shared about the individual steps in the process that led me to the final print of this photo project. It took me approximately a year once I began the process of working to get this project into print due to the intense mental health struggles I face each moment of each day along with the challenges of learning how to go about arranging and printing my Clouds project.
At the beginning of August I completed the Clouds zine and was able to order a copy so that I could review it in printed form. When I completed the project, placed the order, received the Clouds zine in the mail and for an additional 2+ weeks I was facing such intense mental health struggles that I had no interest in my Clouds zine and no interest in sharing it with anyone which was the opposite of what my experience had been with this project up to this point. This was a devastating condition to find myself in—and not how I imagined I would feel when seeing my project come to life through print—when I’d worked so long, so hard, so enthusiastically on this project that had helped give me some peace, hope, joy, and a way to work at coping when survival seemed impossible. As I did what I could to work on my continued healing and recovery process I tried to remain patient and hopeful that perhaps an interest in my Clouds project would eventually begin to slowly return. Somehow, it seems as though perhaps my interest in my Clouds project may slowly be starting to improve so I wanted to take the step (which is requiring a big boost of courage, bravery, and some encouragement from my husband) of sharing my Clouds project with you.
CLOUDS is a personal photo project – a collection containing 134 pages of images of clouds I’ve photographed over the past 9 years. Seeing and capturing clouds with my camera naturally became one way I coped with severe, life-long mental health struggles. To me, the clouds told a story that I could often relate to and the act of capturing the clouds became an important therapeutic practice which provided lasting benefits that I can’t even fully explain with words. This photo project has been deeply meaningful for me and my survival when survival seemed impossible. It is my hope that perhaps there may be something of significance, inspiration or encouragement for you within this printed photo project.
Here are a few images of my Clouds project to show you just a little of what you will see inside the zine. You can preview my Clouds zine and order your own copy here.
I want to thank you for your interest you’ve shown, encouragement you’ve shared and support you’ve given throughout my process of working on this project. It means a lot to me and I truly appreciate your kindness. I hope that maybe you can take something helpful and meaningful from this Clouds project, just for yourself, to meet you where you are.