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INTERCONNECTIVITY BY ROB WOODCOX {EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL/ ARTIST TO WATCH}

Photographer, Rob Woodcox submitted his latest body of work he created with his team.

Written and Photographed by Rob Woodcox

What is interconnectivity? Interconnectivity is the collective ties that bring a diverse set of beings together, weaving unique threads of various experiences into one woven patchwork of ideas and identity which become culture. A sense of peace and understanding comes from living openly and experiencing culture outside your own. Whether it’s regional trends within your own province or the unique ways of life offered by traveling to a new country, similarities and differences impacting the human experience come to light. Shocking truths can be unveiled when you open your eyes to the reality of another, and yet simultaneously you can find yourself feeling at home in a place you’re setting foot for the first time.
Despite our uniqueness, a common thread runs its way through every human being, uninhibited by borders, tying us more intimately than we imagine in a web of interconnectivity and dependency. We are all connected, that much is for sure. Over the last 8 years my passion for photography and extreme curiosity of the world has taken me to all 50 US states and over 20 countries around the world. At first that sounds exhausting, and perhaps like I was in a rush; however one of my top priorities when booking a trip elsewhere is to give myself the time and space to truly experience a new location and culture as much as possible. The minimum amount of time I’ll typically spend in a new place is a full week, with my goal to be at least a month. For this reason I’ve spent a good majority of three recent years living abroad. In that time I’ve witnessed some of the most compelling differences in culture; from the chaotic tuk tuk traffic in Delhi to humble Sherpa villages framed by Mount Everest; from the alien bare landscapes of Iceland to the towering redwoods of California; from brilliant and boisterous Semba dances in Brazil to organized quiet crowds in Tokyo. Every place leaves its mark on the world, establishing a reputation to create individuality.

However eye opening my experiences have been abroad, the time spent absorbing each culture eventually leads to a sense of normalcy; after so much time spent anywhere, I begin in some sense to feel at home. Though outward appearance offers the initial thrill of color, smell and all around sensory overload, eventually the sun goes down, meals are shared, conversation is had, and I form a bond with whoever I’m being housed by. The normalcy of being a human and having needs starts to bring me closer to those around me, and our outward differences don’t keep us from sharing friendship or even love. A long life of experience still lies ahead, however I’m certain without a doubt that we all stem from the same origins, and our everyday experiences are more dependent on each other than we often acknowledge. Our choices to exert positive or negative actions create a wave that inevitably affects those around us. With that realization, I believe a responsibility falls on each of our shoulders to care for one another and to elevate those around us who cannot elevate themselves. One break in the chain puts more strain on the rest- it falls on each one of us to unite and provide the support needed by people around us. We are all connected by that thread, the question is will we continue to cut ties or repair the patchwork that creates a beautiful planet for us to share.

see more of Rob’s work here: WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

To join a workshop with Rob in Colombia, California or Portland, Oregon, visit: WORKSHOPS

To buy Rob’s new coffee table art book visit: SHOP

CREDITS:

Models:
Masyn Wade- @masynwade
Derrick Lee- @__itsderrick__
Tammy Jackson
Bryan Frederick- @btfred
Zachary Read- @zacfromlastnight
Kyla Coleman- @kylasorad
Lance Lee- @lancejlee
Tirzah Athena- @hailathena_
Znere Grace- @zneregrace
Ben Masters- @thebenmasters
Andy Martinez- @andymartinezx
Alfie- @cbdior
Tay DeHerrera- @tay.deherrera
Michelle Waters- @michellexists
Vinicius Yuri- @viniciusyr
Mauri Haze- @mauri.haze
Janae Christine- @stoicshawty
Lisa Chiem- @lisapcee
Kojo David Aidoo- @kojodavidaidoo
Loejjie- @loejjie
Tim Schumack- @hisnamewastim

Bodypaint:
Chelsea Sinks- @treesphinx
Vanessa Law- @vanessalaw_mua
Ashley Chui- @achuiphoto
Xiaoyue Zhang- @xiaoyue_817
Grayce Brunner- @graycedhair
Rob Woodcox- @robwoodcoxphoto

MUA/String Design:
Ale Mendez- @aleee.xo
Geovanni Aburto- @geovanniaburto
Michelle Marie- @mybeautygems

Production:
Holly Hoover- @hollyhoover_
Clutch Camera PDX- @clutchcamerapdx
Chelsea Parrett- @chelseaparrett
Ladies Of Paradise- @ladiesofparadise
Harlee Case- @harleecase
Astrid Zora- @astridangell
Ben Strange- @be_m_ess
Mati Gelman- @matigelman
Asher Gelman- @dancingasher
Penny Chu- @chuchuny

 


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