Muses

Revelations I

It always seems impossible until it is done. — Nelson Mandela

Find the thing in you that is different, that's as sharp as a diamond and jagged as a razor. Hone that, because that's the thing with which you'll cut the world. — Clayton Cubitt

Facing the unknown is daunting. It's so much easier to let things be, even when you know you shouldn't. When you feel that resistance—that almost overpowering, bone-crushing force—you have to push back...that is when you really find yourself and figure out where you're supposed to go. — Alison Sudol

...your only real responsibility as an artist is to get lost in and follow your obsessions as far as they go, because anything besides that is copying someone else or doing something that's not true to yourself. — Sam Beam

I'm not currently satisfied because that would mean I'm not hungry, and you have to be hungry to make interesting work. — Alison Sudol

As photographers, we always want to travel and go to exotic places...but sometimes there is so much magic happening right in front of you. — Andre Wagner

What I'm doing is not a sprint: it's a marathon. I'd rather focus on what's meant to be, what's organic and real. — Clayton Cubitt

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you. — Maya Angelou


Tea Solemnity

When I brew tea, it is much more than to hydrate or to have an alternative to coffee. It is a period of reflection—I envisage the past, the present, the future, and being at home within myself is restored. It is a rumination of self-improvement, contemplation, and quietude. To achieve the correct flavour, the correct colour, the correct consistency, the act of brewing tea requires artistry, patience, technique, and a precise scope of practise—it is an art. 

Loose leaf tea flavours are authentic; the petals and leaves are less processed and bear transcendental beauty. From the moment my eyes fall upon their intricate textures and I inhale deeply, filling my lungs with their ambrosial redolence, I am carried away to another world and I fall gently into a field with tall grass, graceful flowers, and balletic leaves that dance with the wind.

A beguiling synthesis of Japanese Sencha and the enticing spirit of rose, accented with an embellishment of rose petals, possess a breath of grace and mystery. The chartreuse leaves of Sencha, fragile with accents of oceanic and verdant notes, harmonise with the lush fragrance of rose.

An exhilarant tropical brew of Chinese green and subtle Jasmine teas swathe within a haze of lush rose, marigold, and passionfruit—reminiscent of an afternoon rain and the fever experienced with the rush of young love.

A refined and distinguished concoction of white peony tea and French lavender with revitalising notes of bright grapefruit, at once casual yet opulent, dons its derivation lightly, floating delicately from morning until night.

A beautiful, herbal amalgam evocative of a summer grassland—lemongrass and verbena mingle blissfully with lavender, rose petals, mint, and sage. Airy and inspiriting.

Each tea tells a story. Each one is a circadian reprieve of peace amongst the chaos—my solemnity.


A New Beginning

I have always had a predilection, not only for medicine and science, but also for writing and photography. Ever since I learned to read, write, and use a camera, I earnestly documented my meandering thoughts, feelings, and musings in an intricate collection of little diaries and journals. I am intensely moved by words and I am continuously enlightened by music, poetry, and prose, especially those that embody the tenuous nature of existence or are emotionally driven. By writing and taking photographs to create visual stories, I feel I can express to a greater extent—it is truly cathartic.

This space will act as the heart to all my work and my new Journal—a new beginning.