to quote my friend julianne, "I have heard time and again that the internet is a bad place." it's true; you hear crazy stories every day. but my experience of the internet has been completely different than any you hear on the news. I've met my best friends here.
alienated by my "real" best friends, I was alone for most of my high school days. after awhile I turned to the internet for the companionship I missed, using a new art form to me, photography. I was quickly sucked into the cyberworld as I met these amazing people, reaching out to this online universe of people just like us.
this summer I have finally been able to meet some of my best friends after years of online messages, long phone calls, video chats, even sending letters and photos. I've also been able to meet some of my biggest inspirations.
anna (left) has something about her that always drew me to her work, I think it was the honesty in each photo and I really felt like I knew her. we have gotten really close this summer, seeing a lot of each other. I'm so happy to know her.
emily (right) is one of the bravest and strongest people I know. she has gone through so much and still manages to keep a smile on her face. she is sweet and generous, and her work is simply stunning. I'm honored to be her friend.
I have too much to say about this girl that I will try to keep short. audrey is one of my best friends, there's no doubt about that. we have been friends for two long years, two years that I have cherished. I used to go through her pictures for hours on end, computer screen glowing late into the night. we became friends quickly, and through video chatting I met her mother, brother, and best friend (in real life). she finally came to new york, and we spent two days together, nonstop talking and laughing. sometimes when you meet people from the internet, it's hard to keep conversations moving, but there was none of that with audrey. she is beautiful and adorable, I know our friendship is real and strong because it withstood two years of before finally meeting.
an amazing day of photographing strangers, eating frozen yogurt, and meeting old friends.
so this has been my summer; meeting the people I've known for years. these are the people that have shaped my life and made me who I am.
the internet is not always a bad place. it can be everything to a lonely girl, alone in her mind, yearning for a friend. (that being said, still be careful)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
natalie kucken has been living with me in new york. during the day we explore, then stay up late editing and drinking vanilla chai tea, the most delicious tea I've ever tasted. yesterday we wandered through central park all day. we found about 10 stacks of old vogue magazines, and carried as many home as we could. our arms are sore but it was worth it.
I don't want her to leave