“I like the idea of accepting loneliness as fundamental to the human condition. I think it takes the sense of personal failure out of the equation and asks us to consider that, well, being human is hard. We are individuals, but we desperately want to connect with each other on a meaningful level. That process is difficult. You can know a lot of people and still not have that many genuine bonds.”J.P. Brammer, The Cut, December 2021
We all have friends who like to chat over coffee, friends who live far away but whom we talk to a few times a year, friends who like to hike, friends who like to travel…
“When we are intimate with another person, we can experience positive mental and physical reactions in our body, mind and heart.”Serena Chen, quoted in an article for The New York Times, Nov. 2019
These series of photographies transports us to the single moments of joy between people. Instants of human connection, of friendships in construction, of exposing souls and bodies in an unexpected environment, of who we are and how we are towards the others.
“If close friendships really are vital to human well-being, it would seem that we would be intuitively skilled at making them. But it turns out that the opposite may be true: Close friendships are so important to us because they are so difficult to form.”Emma Pattee, The New York Times, November 2019
Serie I. Forest