I had the pleasure of photographing the brilliantly talented trapeze artist, Kerren McKeeman. In the midst of a world tour with the incredible Cirque du Soleil, Kerren came into the studio while she was in Toronto. I was amazed by her grace, flexibility, movement and physique. Below is our collaboration.
A message from Kerren:
This photo project is about the relationship between the mind and the body, and the continuous dialogue between the two. As an athlete, this dialogue is constant. A healthy mind will take care of the body, and then the healthy body will free the mind to think beyond itself.
One of my favorite tools for sharpening the mind is the Dao De Jing, a book that continues to humble me, and brings further insight into my life every time I read it.
A note about the Chinese text**
**Some of the English translations of the verses are excerpts from “Tao Te Ching, by Lao-tzu,” the Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo translation. I have also been directed to use excerpts (and broader, overall insight) from Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall, in “Dao De Jing: A Philosophical Translation.”
As you can imagine, this ancient text has been translated and interpreted many times, with many slants, contexts, and varying levels of spiritual understanding and linguistic expertise. This project is for you– my friends and anyone who is drawn by the images– to shed some light on this ancient text. If you are like me, you may find that these words have surprising power, if you let them speak to you.
Check out the rest of our shoot below!