Moxie Ique

This week I've had the opportunity to reconnect with a High School friend, Moxie Ique, who has turned out to be a skillful photographer/ visual artist. I haven't had the opportunity to meet with her in person, and intend to, but what she has shared with me over the last few days is not only engaging, but inspiring.

Her images are very intimate, vivid in color and in my opinion, lure you into a fascinating realm of this digital age. Her work speaks so much to me and I am glad we reconnected, in hopes of working together soon.

Here is a little information about her and what she does: 

How would you describe your theme and approach when you are shooting?

My theme for my photography I suppose, is whatever I am feeling. What I am going through at a moment in my life shows itself in my work. My early photography is often black and white or sepia. I use a lot of  value and chiaroscuro. I also softened my photos which gave them a sort of haze.

At this point my moods were a bit somber and quiet. My most recent work all has heavy saturation bright vivid colors and sharp images. I am in a more upbeat place with myself.  As far as my approach I love to play with angles. I will get low on the ground or stand above my subject. I will zoom in close and tilt my camera. It's all about what I feel speaks to my vision. 

What got you into photography and who would you say is your biggest influence in the field? 

I honestly can't say for certain what got me into photography, it's always just been something I've liked to do. My senior year in high school my mother bought me a camera. She has always supported my creative outlets. I have tried many things before, music, drawing and writing. I still do all of these things but enjoy my photography and editing the most. My biggest influences in the field would definitely be all of the other local artists. My city has such great artists. I could say some of the more well known photographers, such as Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovits, but I relate to things I know. I can connect more with someone who is from where I am and sees what I see. I love to look at other local artists and see their takes on things. This helps me learn and grow as an artist myself. 

For booking and inquires, please contact Moxie by email: 

You can view her photography on her Instagram page: @creatormoxie

This "Me" Is the Possession

Renunciation, self-sacrifice, is not a gesture of greatness, to be praised and copied. We possess because without possession we are not. Possessions are many and varied. One who possesses no worldly things may be attached to knowledge, to ideas; another may be attached to virtue, another to experience, another to name and fame, and so on. Without possessions, the "me" is not; the "me" is the possession, the furniture, the virtue, the name. In its fear of not being, the mind is attached to name, to material things, to value; and it will drop these in order to be at a higher level, the higher being the more gratifying, the more permanent. The fear of uncertainty, of not being, makes for attachment, possession. When the possession is unsatisfactory or painful, we renounce it for a more pleasurable attachment. The ultimate gratifying possession is the word God, or its substitute, the State.

. . . So long as you are unwilling to be nothing, which in fact you are, you must inevitably breed sorrow and antagonism. The willingness to be nothing is not a matter of renunciation, of enforcement, inner or outer, but of seeing the truth of what is. Seeing the truth of what is brings freedom from the fear of insecurity, the fear which breeds attachment and leads to the illusion of detachment, renunciation. The love of what is is the beginning of wisdom. Love alone shares, it alone can commune; but renunciation and self-sacrifice are the ways of isolation and illusion. 


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