"Muse" is a series that plays around with the two definitions of the word 'muse';
“To muse means to ponder, to think, to examine and deliberate”
"a muse is a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist."
I have always been fascinated with the idea of a muse and the way that people are driven towards inspiration. In this series, I try to capture one or both of the definitions above in my film photography. I ask my models to be natural and avoid any makeup or what I call 'applied beauty' in the photographs. Natural is beautiful and I think admiration of a muse comes from the soul- the manifestation of an energy, not their external characteristics. Let's normalize that.
While the examples above primarily display women, I believe that a man can be a muse as well and this is not meant to objectify or be sexist. Every individual is beautiful and a creative force in their own way. In my film photography thus far, women have just been more comfortable to get vulnerable in front of a camera for me than men. I hope to continue this series and explore more visions of the 'muse'.
WITH LOVE & GRATITUDE, TAM
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