This is a nostalgic photograph that reminds me greatly of my time living in a pueblo named San Crisanto in the Yucatán Peninsula of México. For me, the vibrant colors mixed with the casual, simplistic objects such as the broom and the grapefruits encompass the lifestyle of hard work and enjoying all of life's sweetest, small pleasures. This photo is one of many in a series of photographs documenting la vida in the Yucatán Peninsula.
This photo stands alone. It was taken on the Precipice hiking trail in Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. This trail is known to be the most difficult hike in the area. For me, this images represents challenge, struggle, perseverance, and resilience. The eerie fog encapsulating the steep cliff in this photo serves as a reminder to push our limits, to try new things, to sometimes sit (or in this instance, climb) with the uncomfortable, and to grow.
This film photograph exists as a reflection on our connectedness with that which sustains us in our existence. The juxtaposition of the bleeding beet on hard-working hands paired with the neat, stable wood foundation is a self-reminder that work is love made visible. This photo represents the beauty within a working, sustainable existence. It equates harvest with hope, survival, and vitality.
KENNEDY JOHNSON is a human being just trying to get a taste of all of life’s sweet honey. They are finishing their last year at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology. They currently reside in the Portland, Maine area and work at Urban Farm Fermentory. They are a queer activist, lover of nature, wordsmith, and survivor of sexual violence. They strongly believe in the power and strength of vulnerability and primarily use their creative juices to create and perform poetry.