At The Still Point
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.”
— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
photos by john
this outfit was not really meant to be photographed this way, or on this particular day, some weeks ago. along with my best friend, her fiancé, and a small team of people, i had gone for a quick trip to tagaytay where they shot her beautiful engagement photos. john and i tagged along for the entire shoot — more for moral support than anything — as they went from location to location, one pose after another. this was the look i wore while i stood on the sidelines, barking out a joke here and there and offering little words of encouragement to help the couple smile through the long, grueling day.
to endure the hours-long shoot i just wanted to be in comfortable clothes that wouldn’t get too hot under the midday sun, and sensible footwear that wouldn’t get in the way. though i hadn’t meant to take pictures then (i would’ve fixed my hair and swapped out my old, tattered sandals otherwise), i still liked the way these turned out, simple as they are and unexciting as the clothes may be. for behind it lies some rather fond memories of a day not long ago, of people i care about, and new life chapters opening on the horizon.