Grown: Gallery Opening

Last night, “Grown”, a series that I assistant shot with Joshua Duttweiler (lead photographer) last summer, had its very own gallery opening. That reality still hasn’t quite caught up with me. As friends, old coworkers, and art lovers buzzed about the gallery, stopping me to remind me “this is crazy”, it dawned on me: this is crazy. There’s so much I want to say, I barely know how to begin. 

While I was still living in Spain, Josh contacted me with a concept. He wanted to do something beautiful, a shoot involving plants. I was on board. Upon moving back to Boston, we got to work finding models, establishing a creative team including Suphoj Chancheaw (Floral Artist) and Molly Leahy (Makeup & Hair Stylist). After meeting, sketching, and endless planning, we finally had our shoot. Collectively we figured if no publications picked it up, at least we had fun collaborating on something special.

A year and a half later, talks with a new local gallery began and what was once a lofty “wouldn’t it be cool if” quickly accelerated into “oh shoot I think this is happening.” We ordered prints, installed vinyl, wired frames–all to prepare for something that we could hardly believe was happening ourselves.

The Shoot

The Work

Check out more work here.

The Opening

Grown and its opening is something that will stay with me for a very long time. “Surreal” is all I could manage to say over and over last night. It still feels that way. I have a mountain of gratitude for everyone who came. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. Each time a familiar face would walk into the gallery, I felt a rush of happiness. Your support means more than you know.

I’m also thankful to this incredible team. Thank you, Joshua Duttweiler, for spearheading and for carrying us all along with your incredible vision. Thank you to Suphoj for your plant mastery and ability to do some on-the-spot creative thinking. Thank you to Molly for being infectiously happy, funny, and crazy talented with hair and makeup. Thank you to Garth, Roma and Charlene for putting up with us sticking flowers all over you. Thanks, team.

And if you got this far in the post, thank YOU. If you didn’t get a chance to join us last night, “Grown” will be on exhibition in the Boston East Community Gallery through February 28, 2019. We’d love for you to check it out 🙂

Until next time,

Raquel<3

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