Yin is the counterpart to Yang. Yin and Yang have been used by Chinese Taoist scholars for thousands of years to explain the duality of life and the world around us. They are complimentary (rather than opposing) forces, two halves of the same coin, each side having a little bit of itself in the other. That is what the symbol represents; the two semi-circles, one black one white, symbolise Yin and Yang, and the dot of the opposite colour in each side represents the fact that in any situation there is always a need for a little bit of both. Together, Yin and Yang represent a dynamic whole, more powerful than each of its parts alone.
I had always been a fan of photographer, Roger Kenny. While working as an actor, I dreamt of headshots from the Portrait Room, Roger’s studio. Even after taking my hiatus from the world of acting, I still loved following Roger’s work. I also loved his eye, his style, the general vibe that came from his work, its’ ability to draw you in in a way that an image via a point-and-press-photographer just doesn’t. His photos are not just something you look at, they evoke a feeling, and they emanate a real inner life that’s tangible to the viewer. His subjects always look beautiful, not models standing for their portrait but real, sparkling, complicated, beautiful and terrible, authentic people that don’t just laugh and smile and embrace, but cry and scream and hurt, too.