"It was in a rundown studio in the middle of Cumbria dreaming of Vaslav Nijinsky that I first started mending my soul. My life had gone to bits and I was so unrecognisable to myself that I probably couldn't have picked myself out of a police pile-up. But I felt a glimmer of happiness when I started dancing, and when you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times, you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face first out of the dirt; this is not selfishness, but obligation. You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, not matter how slight. I came to Cumbria from Italy, pinched and thin. I didn't know back then what I deserved. I still maybe don't know fully what I deserve. But I know that I have collected myself of late - through the enjoyment of harmless pleasures - into something more intact. The easiest, most fundamentally human way to say it is - that I have put on weight. I exist more now than I did four months ago. I will leave Cumbria and go back to Italy for Christmas bigger than when I arrived here. I will also leave with the hope and the expansion of one person - the magnification of one life - is indeed an act in this world. Even if that life, just this one time, happens to be nobodys but my own." -
After having that conversation, and after coming home from that shoot, after absorbing that light, and just reflecting over the greatness of everything, I realised that the way in which we are connected is surprisingly akin. There aren't very many ways in which being being, in the sense of the word, does not unite us. We feel, mostly everything, the same, except, mostly, it remains unspoken. Adversity, happiness, joy, guilt, pleasure. A concoction of emotions amongst a vast amount of other earthly workings that predict how we function and react on a very precise level, daily. Scary when you think about it (too deeply), really.
The light though. Nothing matters when you have the light.