I am always fascinated by the enthusiasm of the young. That is why I love working with them. Their energy is quite contagious. They are so fun to work with and talk to. They're very creative, too, and not afraid to try new things.
This shoot with Kirah was such an enjoyable one. I was pretty amazed at the ease of her movements and poses. She looked very confident and graceful, unfazed by all the bugs and cow dung. I wondered if I was that self-assured when I was her age.
I can't really remember now. All I know is that I survived many difficult experiences even when I felt quite unsure then about a lot of things. Looking back, I think I was a very brave little girl.
And I believe that we do not really change much. I like how Tin puts it --
i’ve always believed that people do not change in-depth. the very core remains while the surface metamorphose. at one point, a person may experience a life-changing experience, that’s great… but so far, i have this observation (and i can be wrong), that each person has steadfast roots, innate elements — which can never be touched by time, space and make-overs.
Many psychologists even believe that our character is already formed when we turn five years old. And even as we grow older in age, the essence of who we are do not change, we just become more of who we are or we just become more mature in our ways. That is, if we learn our life-lessons at all. The growing up process is both fascinating and beautiful; but it's a never-ending process, too.
I know I've grown up. But I still have more growing up to do. There are still so many lessons to learn. I only hope I will never lose whatever youthful enthusiasm left in this creaky old body of mine.
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More photos of Kirah at the Dreamchasers' blog.