Just around New Year's, I was celebrating with my mother who had made a last-minute trip to visit me in Las Vegas. And naturally during that holiday, our conversations tended to focus on reflecting upon the past year, formulating and making goals for the new year, and analyzing how and why we want our lives to be different than the past 12 months. And at those times of deep reflection there was 1 overwhelming theme that kept coming up in our chats, as well as what I was seeing friends and clients write on social media, and that is peace.
Some wanted inner peace, some wanted peace in their families, some wanted global peace, but the theme of peace was undeniable. We all have a yearning for homeostatic environments, to be accepted, to feel tranquility, to feel loved. And so my idea for The Peace Project was born. This project reached out to clients and friends alike, asking them to volunteer for a portrait project where they would be asked 1 question, and then have their portrait taken. The name of the project and the question was not divulged ahead of time, thus allowing for spontaneous and heartfelt responses without preconceived ideas of what should be said.
My mother's response as seen below. She was the inspiration for the project.
And so I am proud to showcase on the blog today, The Peace Project. I sendt a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated and I hope you enjoy reading their answers, just as much as I enjoyed chatting and photographing them. As you read through these answers, I ask you…what does peace mean to you?