I was cleaning up a few tumbleweeds that had settled around the yard. Over the past little while I’ve been incorporating flowers into my shoots and it dawned on me – why not incorporate these prickly tumbleweeds into a shoot? Despite their sharp edges, the notion of discomfort never deters me from asking my models to suffer for art. Celestina readily accepted the challenge.

As I sift through the resulting images, a metaphor begins to unfold for me. Each prickly tumbleweed becomes a symbol of embracing adversity, of confronting discomfort head-on, and emerging from the experience not only unscathed but stronger and more self-assured. These images capture the essence of resilience, the beauty that arises from navigating through the thorns of life’s challenges and emerging victorious on the other side.