Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Letting Go Portrait Series

Friend and brilliant Portland, Oregon and San Francisco fine art photographer,
has spent the past 18 months photographing and recording over 100 people 
in the process of Letting Go,
the name of her series of touching and cathartic photographs. 

Everyone has something to let go of 
and these photos take you into the mindset of another's process
as well as inviting you to consider what you might well do without.
She has created a Kickstarter campaign to take the project international
and create a book from a compilation of each of the portraits
as well as words from each participant about their process. 

I was honored to be a part of the series
and since seeing more and more of these touching portraits
and reading the strong and brave and true words of each person about their process,
I find myself every day looking for new ways to let go
of what no longer serves me, 
challenging myself each day. 

An inspiring body of work,
an opportunity to help an amazing artist in a transformational project
as well as rewards for campaign backers,
please consider becoming a financial contributor to this beautiful series. 

Every dollar amount, large or small, counts!
Kickstart is all-or-nothing and there are (2) days left!

From Octavia:

'For the past 18 months, I have been photographing a series I call “Letting Go.” In a way, this series came about organically, as I traveled through my own city—Portland, Oregon—As the ending of 2012 was settling in, I wanted to create a fun and thoughtful series of people “ Letting Go” of what they do not need and starting the new calendar year with lightness. The photographs I have included are part of this series. My goal is to take this “Letting Go” portraits series and photograph people all over the world. Our universal needs to let go of something in our lives are apparent with in each of the 120 people I have photographed so far. My approach to each photograph is humor, grace, contradiction and sorrows—making a unique and intimate experience for others to walk into; a shift of consciousness from the obvious aspects of what does holding onto this object mean to your life, to what beauty and opportunities do you make available by letting go?
I have (now 2) days to reach full funding-Thank you for becoming a part of this beautiful project.'

Please click on the above link,
watch the video
and click 'Back This Project'
with any amount. 

"In the end, these things matter most: 
How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?" 

(Photos by Octavia Hunter)


  1. Isn't it wonderful to be part of the human race, where we can participate in recording our life process, whether sad or joyful? We write and we read to know we are not alone. Wonderful!

  2. Kirsten, very thought provoking and moving. I wouldn't know where to begin. Lao Tzu talked about the journey beginning with a single step. I will have to ponder the premise. Happy fourth to you.

  3. How nice of you to post this. I know it really helps as I've posted about other Kickstarter campaigns I support and it's made a huge difference. Heading over to Octavia's campaign now. xxoo


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