In creating this series, I felt called upon to provide a visual registry of other people’s inner processes. At the same time, I wanted to relate this artistic composition to situations of my own. This is not a series about love or infatuation—this is a series about deep connection and freedom. It’s a reverent acknowledgment of the divine essences inside each person’s souls. I wanted to portray purity of heart, honesty as a lifestyle, and the deep affection that each person in these photographs has for the others.

This series is an invitation to rethink ourselves as individuals, to instead consider ourselves as part of something bigger: the universe. I want to ask the spectator to observe their own personality and vulnerability. Loving freely is not a dare—it is the simplest thing in existence.

By Hellen Rodel

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