Where did the nomad go? Deep in the heart of Texas.
For the first time in 6 years, I have a place I call home. The house I rent and live in is mine for the year. The pantry has what I need to make random concoctions to fill my body with nutrients and energy, the bed has sheets which smell like me, and my belongings have almost been successfully consolidated from their scattered placement across the continent.
My nomad days have not come to an end – I will continue to travel as a model for the foreseeable future for creating art with my body and soul as my instrument is something I intensely love and currently how I sustain myself. Yet, having a place to return to time and again has added a feeling of peace I have long searched for.
Photographed by Noel Marreno
Models Keira Grant and Lisa Jupiter
About 14 months ago I was convinced I would be moving to North Carolina, as I knew it was in the cards for a change. Some people are of the conviction that about every 7 years, we change as individuals. Be this true or not, life is a journey and I always seek to continue forward, sometimes taking small, soft steps and other times by jumping forward and into the lesser known terrain, parachute on my back.
Only in looking back at my lifestyle do I realize what I went through, living on the road. Perpetual travel means the work to line up everyday logistics such as a roof, basic food and artistic shoots is a whole different issue than when living in one place. With shooting and creating art as my number one goal and obsession, I found the majority of my energy committed to my goal and other things slid out of view.
All decisions come with trade offs. Now I have time. Time to develop my own photography, learn all those neglected recipes, put those hour into sculpting myself into the form I wish to be and a chance to think from a different perspective. And I absolutely have time to model and shoot, which I do with zeal when given the opportunity.
Expect to see me traveling to cities near you throughout the year. As always, I welcome your emails about shooting together. And if you ever come through Houston, Texas, I have a glorious location available to shoot in and know an eager model with great ideas, damn good abs and a whole lot of experience who is always ready to shoot (yup, that would be me).