Amber, Steve and Leo: from the You. Are. Beautiful. Series
(post 3 of 3)
In a strange way, my project has come full circle with my serendipitous meeting with this beautiful family. On April 15, 2013, I remember doing final edits at home in Rockport on a very homemade launch film I made for this project. This was the first year I wasn’t watching the marathon in person on Boylston Street in Back Bay, our old neighborhood where we had lived for almost a decade. I burned a copy of my film and sent it to Evan, the wounded Marine, who is on the cover of my book. Following this, my husband, Peter, called and told me to turn on the news. Bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon.
When I first decided to make my short film, I had chosen the song, Apres Moi by Regina Spektor. While editing the film, I spent many hours listening to the song and lyrics. In the main chorus, she sings,
I must go on standing.
You can’t break that which isn’t yours.
I could not help but associate the song with what followed this tragedy. And what followed, included people who went on standing….together…united…and unbroken.
I thought it was meaningful that Steve and Amber chose to write the “you are beautiful” phrase as it appears in my book, with a period punctuated at the end of each word. Whether done intentionally or unintentionally, it is the first time someone I’ve photographed wrote it that way.
In my Volume 01 book, there is a mini-dedication in the opening to describe why I use this emphasis. I just realized it really isn’t anywhere else online, so I thought I would share it again here:
YOU. This project is dedicated to you. Those who have met the unexpected and overcome it. Those who have ever dreamed something and achieved it.
YOU. ARE. This project is about the state of being.
YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. This project is about the things that unite us across our humanity.
Amber, Steve and Leo - You. Are. Beautiful. Thank you for being part of this project.