If I could speak to my seventeen year old self I don’t think I could understand the feeling of collaborating and being supported by these beautiful and incredibly talented powerful women that I not only grew up admiring but also have a huge amount of respect for, even more after creating with them. I thank @omega
for giving me the love and support as a young artist to create and express myself in the only way I know how, through my arts. Here I introduce my new ICON campaign for @omega
with my icons @cindycrawford @nicolekidman @allesandra
- Let this be a reminder to all you wonderful young artists that nothing can stop us, nothing will stop us and together we can be great, if we choose to express ourselves truly. I wanted to share this moment with you all, you all share so much with me. I’m going to run and cry happy tears now in a corner.
Battling depression and anxiety as an artist is a blessing and a curse. I don't think I'd be able to view the world as I do and translate that into my pictures if I wasn't emotionally attaching myself to everything I lay my eyes upon. I am trying to cherish this side of me and allow myself to feel everything proudly and openly through my art. I spent the weekend with @paris.brosnan
exploring Malibu. We were completely free driving down the pacific coast highway, listening to music from the seventies with the sunset colors in the distance. I love moments like this.
I remember hearing wonderful things about @lilireinhart
so I reached out to see if we could create a picture together, we chatted and then finally we met on set. Instantly I knew it was going to be a memorable session because it felt like we had met before. Thank you for letting me rock you up a bit Lili and for being adorable. @lofficielnl
I photographed @paris.brosnan
ten minutes ago, he came to visit me on set after surfing and I pulled out my box of matchsticks.
I’m currently in Cannes photographing some exciting people. Challenging myself. That’s important!
Growing up I was always finding ways to be creative, there weren’t many people in my small town who I could share this part of me with so all I had access to was my inner self. From a young age I experimented with my style. I couldn’t afford designer clothes so I would sit for hours cutting up my own pieces, making outfits I thought were cool. I realized very quickly that my style and taste was different from those around me but something about that excited me. I was insecure growing up, I still am. As I formed my style, I also formed a character, I felt so confident putting on my self made costumes, I felt powerful, I felt myself. Looking back there was a sense of loneliness when you feel different to everybody else but now I see that there are so many of us, so many creative minds and it’s wonderful to see and collaborate with young creative people who share this spirit. Thank you @troyesivan
for being a bad ass and letting me turn you into me for the day.
Come on a journey with me. Spend a moment seeing life through my eyes. I think that I always had the ability to view things differently, I see beauty in pain, I see beauty everywhere, probably because there is so much pain. I spend so much time in my mind looking back on my life remembering it all in flashbacks as if it was somebody else, wondering where I found myself or if I’ve even found myself. Thanking the universe for helping me discover my gifts that I can share with the world because I know how hard it is to not know where you are going, who you are, what to do next, what’s right and what’s wrong, what it’s like to feel crippled by anxiety and depression that nothing seems possible. But it is. It really is. I found the path through my work, my art, my entire reason I feel alive. I found freedom communicating with so many of you who make me realize that none of us are alone. And now we will find power and growth in sharing our art and never letting anybody tell us what we can and can’t create. Simon you are a dream for me to photograph.
We are the reckless, we are the wild youth chasing visions of our futures and soon we’ll reveal the truth. I like these words a lot, I feel proud to be part of our generation: we have pride and power, we want to generate change, we appreciate art, we appreciate each-other. We are lucky to connect and share who we are. I feel blessed having friends all over the world, living my life with each and every one of you.