Jacob Mehr

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“ Only once in your life, I truly believe, will you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life. ”

—    Bob Marley (via daphneemarie)

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This series depicts the destructive tendencies that often coincide when confronted with loss, whether it is the death of a loved one, or the deprivation from anything one feels as constant or sound in his or her life. I am often attracted to the complexity of human emotions, and in response to my own experiences, how difficult it can be to express your inner thoughts in an understanding way. When internalized to its capacity, this difficulty can lead to physical expression in the form of rage and destruction. Throughout this series, the photos vary to exhibit the alternating ways that each person might express their responses to loss, whether it be destroying physical reminders of the past, or turning to an apathetic state of surrender.

Bailey Dale Photography

September | 2014

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When I was first creating this set, I constantly found myself questioning who I was as an artist and as a person. I was in this constant internal conflict with myself as to who I was. I have found that there’s a common need for us to be validated. A need that leads us down this never ending search for self meaning and approval. I have found that all too often, these unexpected daily moments of solitude that leave us in an emotionally compromising state. I found inspiration from the poet Nayyirah Waheed.

"i see you. 

training for rain. 

burning oranges. 

hoarding feathers beneath your clothes. 

making a life a life. 


i am reeling. from the glory. the power of you.”

 My interpretation of the poem was that of someone seeing an ideal part of themselves and realizing that person is not who they really are. We have become attached to this ideal self or other. I wanted to explore these experienced vulnerabilities of questioning the authenticity of oneself. 

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“ Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself. ”

—    Edmund Lee (via aureat)

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“ I have a million things to talk to you about. A million things we have to talk about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning. ”

—    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via larmoyante)

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