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THE ITALIAN GENTLEMAN: WHERE SO MANY THINGS BEGAN

The year, it was probably 1987. I made this photo, on my first trip to Italy. My best friend was getting married in an old family villa outside of Florence. I'd been living in Boston in a mostly unheated loft above a dim sum restaurant with a roomate who kindly let me live there. We paid almost nothing in rent. To deal with the lack of heat we hammered a hole through wall to the central heating chimney in the center of the building. My bedroom faced east into the rising sun each day facing the old leather district, which was becoming a hub of photography studios. In winter, coming out of the shower, my body steamed in the cold. I adored living there. I worked as a photo assistant and a stringer for the the wire serves and later for the Boston Globe.

In Florence, the summer heat radiated up from the cobbled streets in thick waves. I was at a complete loss. No Italian to speak of. I was so broke I couldn't shop but didn't care. I'd come for the wedding and to learn to see the world. To learn how my eyes, my heart and mind might possibly work together. I didn't know if they could. But that question burned a white hot fire in the center of my being to find out. It was pure obsession.

My camera, which I still have and love, was an old Yashica-D 2 1/4. The lens I think had no coating. But I swear that magic pixies lived inside that little box. My own tiny camera obscura...  a bag of Tri-X swinging in a bag on my hip.

This day, my roommate and I were grouchy with each other. Terrible traveling companions as it turned out. We still hadn't figured out that we might wander around without clinging to each other like two lost little boats trying to find the harbor. 

And then, I got really lucky. I plodded heavy footed up the street, camera dangling. I felt a tingle. I looked down into the ground glass and turned slowly. I looked up. And there was this man, leaning laconically against the wall, a plume of smoke snaked up through the air. He looked past me and then right at me. A challenge in his eyes. The lines of the street, the angles of the window just past him, the shadow in the foreground, the light hitting the buildings behind, all like magic strings pulling me into the frame. 

I know he knew I was making a photo. I felt I barely had time to focus. He stared still, but the rest of him somehow so languid. All that space and light. Everything felt... complete. I summoned my courage and pressed the little button down. Click of exposure the slightest of a sounds, the tick of an insect's wing, the church bell on the hill sounded in great sonorous waves pouring past me, over me. It was complete. Everything felt whole in that moment.

This print was made while I was an artist in residence at Polaroid many years later. It's a photo of the photo made with the kind of Polaroid film that had to be peeled apart to reveal the negative inside. The emulsion could be lifted ever so gently up and applied, floated really onto another paper. (In this case an Arches cold press paper with deckled edges) I love how this version became its own piece of work. Each transfer is so unpredictable, the result unique. Not so unlike the same feeling I had making the original photo.

 I never know what the next moment will bring. (Do any of us?)

I love this image and this process and this print. It speaks of travel, of time gone by, of slow summer exploration, of being young and just going, of walking and witnessing, celebrating the beauty of the man and the street and the light, of being on the edge of the rest of my life.

I am offering this unique piece of work to that person for whom those feelings resonate, who remembers your own first trips, of being in the edge of the unknown and falling into beauty, of wanting to celebrate life. For your wall (or perhaps a friend) to see and love each day.

The image size: 9"x8"

The Arches paper size: 1"5x11"

$500. Venmo, Zelle, PayPal

Local Chicago delivery complimentary. Domestic shipping $30 Intl Shipping based on location.

Contact me to purchase and arrange your shipping.

Thank you so much. I hope the piece speaks to you as much as it does me. Wishing you beauty.

Hillary xo


A little solitude can feel extremely restorative in the midst of it all.

do you give yourself permission to give yourself some solitude, some serious alone time just to allow yourself to settle gain some clarity. This kind of solitude can be very valuable if you use it as a time to simply rest or contemplate without being interrupted or disturbed.

if youre an introvert like me having some alone time is the way of charging your battery, or filling your cup with the energy required to be present for others more fully when you returned them.


or if youre an extrovert or someone whos just very high energy and Vibing all the time, solitude can be a beautiful chance for you experience just who you are on the inside deep down allowing things to settle maybe going and visiting those places inside of yourself that often dont get attention and giving them a little bit of tender loving care.

Even now in the midst of Covid when we have been isolated from each other so much more than usual, still we find ourselves and video calls are other kinds of technology trying to maintain connections. And mothers connections are important still giving ourselves the gift of solitude can be so incredibly healing. I invite you to explore this for yourself and let me know how it goes, If you feel inclined to share that.


as always thank you for stopping by. I see you. I appreciate you. Wishing you a day of some ease. Wishing you a day of happiness and the causes of happiness.

also you may like to know that these paintings of the stones will be available soon as a deck for you to explore at home as a source of inspiration and support to your own mind for pausing. If youre interested in purchasing an original watercolor and handwritten text please let me know because those are also available.

Xo Hillary

Start your day feeling grounded.


Ha I know! Can feel easier said than done. Am I right?

Today I awoke with a raging to-do list blaring loudly inside my cranium.

Old Hillary wouldve freaked out. Totally. Spun in circles rather unproductively.

Current me pauses. Checks whats up. What are those thoughts? What are those beliefs? How am I feeling about it all? Is anything true that while feeling uncomfortable needs addressing?

More pausing.

Breathing.

Today in the pause, clarity. Let those things have embodiment in paint on paper.

What do I need in the face of this?

GROUNDING.


Today for me, that meant, go to the tools of watercolors, brush, paper and ink.

Here is what came.

A beautiful reminder.

I LOVE that the action to make the painting also created the FEELING I was after.

Now, I can write list of what to do with clarity, with frenzy-brain.

Ill walk too.

And sit my ass down on my meditation bench.

Il choose where and how to place my attention, and thus, the day will get made.

I know its not always easy.

Love to hear what grounds you in the face of your day, which feel like SO MUCH.

And, if you need, want, desire some help, I got you.

One-on-one sessions are available monthly via zoom. Support. Guidance. Practical and intuitive coaching/mentoring (as one happy client calls it.

Tell me whats up. Im here to help.

Blessings, 

Hillary

XO

The Feels are warm and fuzzy over here this evening!


It makes me just so happy when a client is able to so clearly reflect on their experience with me and witness their own growth.

In case you didn't know, I make photographs yes and other things...AND, I teach mindfulness, meditation with a very practical coaching spin. 


Here is what one of my clients wrote to me the other day:

Hillary gets it. Her intuition guides the journey that she shapes for the student in front of her. This is not a cookie cutter, breathe like this, think like this, experience. She drops the F bomb like an Olympian (though this may be just with me...but I doubt it). She exposes you to your agency and then celebrates with you as you become more vibrant and whole.



I am accepting one or two new coaching clients to work one on one for the rest of the winter and into the spring.

Hit me up if you want to talk about what it might look like. Especially if youve tried a lot of things are feeling really stuck.



I would say a simple way of describing my mission is to help you find your own inner goodness so that you can really connect to your happiness. Thats good for you and also spreads a ripple of peace and happiness for others around you.

Raise your hand if youd like a little more happiness for yourself and for others too. Contact me for a complimentary consultation.

Wishing you happiness and the causes of happiness,

Hillary


As I was researching today in preparation for what I hope will be a summer research and photography trip to England, Scotland and Ireland (come on scholarship funding!!! Fingers and toes all crossed) for places from which part of my family ancestry derives, I remembered how much I used to love word clouds for showing visually what the main themes seem to be in my work.

I feel like it will be interesting to work with the word clouds as the project develops and evolves. So stay tuned if you like. I would love to have you follow along on this journey with me.

Here is the word cloud generated from part of the proposal I wrote.

What are you working on? What does your word cloud look like?

I'm thrilled to offer limited edition prints for sale from new work which has been emerging during my first semester in the MFA in Photography program at Columbia College.


This work is a huge departure visually and in terms of my process. For most of my life I made photos almost exclusively in black and white, and worked in a documentary mode. But I have always loved abstraction in painting, sculpture, installation and music. Recently, I've started to work in the landscape, painting and drawing as it were, with fabrics and cords, placing materials into the landscape, weaving cords between the trees and so forth.

I'm interested in exploring this further as an investigation of light, color and form and also as a way of considering my relation to the landscape, the boundaries between self and the ground, the elements of earth, air, fire, water.

These two are available are both available as ink jet prints ~4"x8" on archival paper 8"x10" or 14"x 21" on 17" x 22" paper. Studio visits are available in person and virtually. Just ask! Local Chicago delivery available for no additional charge or shipping. Purchases desired for Christmas must be made by 12/15/2021. 



SALE!

If this pandemic has taught me anything it's this:

Our most important work is an inside job.

We can not control anything out there.

All we can do is come to know ourselves deeply and try to navigate the seas of our lived experience with as much kindness and mercy as we can.

We must befriend ourselves and be gentle with the tender beings we are on the inside.

That is what this work is all about. Finding what is good inside you, which can feel so elusive sometimes.

To that end, a special price for right now for booking this transformative work now for yourself or someone you love.

Book and make payment for your Waters We Swim In session for Florida this January by Tuesday December 2 for the special price of $1500 - regular price $2500!

Curious? Let's talk.

Feeling like your own gold is a bit obscured? I can help.

When you find your own inner gold and goodness, you clear away obstacles to greater success, love, creativity and success.

Let's do this!

Message me now to set up a free short consultation to see if this work is right for you!

Let's find that inner goodness.

With gratitude,

Hillary


It took a whole amazing team to make this magic happen.

Two lovely tree climbers, one arborist, one educator and cabinet maker...

They made it all look easy.

All aloft. 60 yards of gold glitter tulle, a spool of golden cord, yards of climbing ropes, throw bags, and all manner of gear.  50 flags of black and silver tulle on bamboo sticks to mark the way in. 

A diverse array of magical human beings who helped in all kinds of ways. I see you all and appreciate you for the many things you did. Paul, extra shout outs to you for wrangling tree people, in a ripple effect outwards of so much goodness. AMAZING!  And to you and Kay for your smiling good cheer and installation of 50 sticks and tulle to guide visitors to the gold.

This lady was so matchy matchy! Clearly, she got the memo. 

This sparkle makes me so happy. Big lessons: 1. Do not think, DO! Thinking alone can trap you in bed and nothing will ever actually happen. 2. Let go of yearning for exact outcomes and celebrate what actually happens. 3. Tulle has a mind of its own. The wind has a mind of its own. Together they will surprise you so much. Let go and show up with gratitude and curiosity.

Gold streaming down from the tree tops.

Gold within and gold without.

It felt at times like the tulle was alive with electricity. It had such presence and was constantly changing throughout the day.

I simply love this image. I saw the tulle and the leaves scattered round. My heart beat slowly and felt full of wonder.

A golden sovereign being aflame in the woods. The sun greeting her with each ray.

My friends Ziru and Senjie brought a drone to film the installation and that was amazing.

They flew it all around, through, above, below the installation capturing it in ways I could not have any other way. So grateful!

Incredible watching the play of light and shadows through the day.

Word got out on Instgram, and word of mouth, the old fashioned way and all kinds of people showed up to check it out. They said:

What a beautiful surprise! Thank you for doing this!

Our neighbors told us to come see it. We just had to come. This is amazing!

It's like something mystical!

The tulle looks like golden spirits in the trees.

So simple and so beautiful. WOW! Are you going to do this again? (YES! and Even BIGGER!)

Something in the way she moves....

MePhoto credit: Senjie Zhu

Me and a whole lotta tulle glowing!

The tulle looking like a golden dragon in afternoon sun.

This reminds me of Kow Loon, Hong Kong, Nine Dragons, the nine mountains you can see from the peak.

Matt P, a professional tree climbing arborist, frees the last bit of tulle from the tree.

And that's a wrap for this time. Stay tuned for an open studio, artist's talk about the work, as well as opportunities to purchase one of a kind collages and photos which document the process from ideation to completion. Pieces purchased by December 10th can be delivered or shipped in time for holiday gift giving.

Thank for you stopping by. Please feel free to share with friends.

With gratitude and curiosity,

Hillary


The Waters We Swim In is a ritual of transformation, reconnecting you with what's good in you and others; to the unique gifts each of us possesses, which, when ignited, gives purpose and meaning to our lives.

Work with transformational coach and fine art photographer Hillary Johnson for a peaceful retreat experience that creates space for you to reconnect with your own inner goodness so that you can unleash your gifts and do the work you were meant to do. 


The Waters We Swim In is available in bodies of open water around the globe. Each participant experiences a guided process of surrendering to self realization while immersed in water. 
 
Sessions are available January 6-22, 2022 in Florida where the water is warm and the sun shines down on us. Options for Jax Beach, St. Pete and Miami. Space is extremely limited.
 
Sessions are also booking now for spring and summer in Chicago and around the world. Reach out to me to talk about where and when you would like to do your transformational session. (Additional fees for travel may apply.)

The Experience:

  • We meet by the water.
  • I lead you through a guided meditation experience created just for you so that you can become deeply in touch with your embodied experience and inner awareness.
  • I hold space for you to see the noise thats obscuring your inner gold.
  • Together we let all the noise settle, gently witnessing what is there with loving kindness.
  • Together we enter the water.
  • Your inner gold and goodness is revealed through a process of witnessing, releasing what no longer serves, and making space for the new.
  • I guide you to find the intuitive nudges that allow you to take the inspired actions that will support you creating the life you truly desire as you open up to more and more of the goodness within you.
  • You receive a beautiful photograph of yourself immersed in the water to remind every day of your inner gold, your strength, resilience, creativity and all that is good inside you

To Register: 


The Investment:

$2500 (Value $5000 This is a special price to end 2021!)

What people have said about their experience:

I wanted to be a part of "The Waters We Swim In" the moment I saw the first image.

Hillary immediately put me at ease and I placed my trust in her completely. Even as the waves were pushing me towards the shore. This water experience was beyond anything I could have envisioned.

"The Waters We Swim In" is a retreat toward calm and reflection during these turbulent times.

I am still swimming in the magical experience we had this morning. Being part of The Water We Swim In is incredibly meaningful. Thank you for a magical experience that healed my soul and reconnected me to the universe.

While I was floating for this project I was thinking of all of those things and how I can honor the importance of this unprecedented time while inviting the passion I see around me to help me evolve into the best version of myself.

There is an ethereality, a spirituality, that encompasses us, and a power that you tap into through your use of light and nature. Something primal is released.


FAQ

CAN I DO THIS WITH A PARTNER, SPOUSE, CHILD OR BFF?
Of course you may! How wonderful would that be? Partner sessions incur an additional fee. This work is open to all. Lets talk.

DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM TO BE PART OF THE WATERS WE SWIM IN?
Not at all! All you need is a desire to get into the water. I can teach you to float if you like. But floating is not necessary for this experience to be a success.

WHAT IF IM AFRAID OF THE WATER?
That need not stop you! I can help you face that fear in small gentle steps until you feel ready to go in the water. Remember that you dont need to know how to swim or float. The fact that youre intrigued indicates it may be time for you to take the plunge quite literally. I will be with you every step of the way.

WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS NOT FAVORABLE?
We typically have a plan B date to fall back on. For sustained bad weather that may mean a more significant rescheduling but so far that hasnt happened yet! In the case of needing to plan for a separate trip to your location, there may be costs associated with flying back to our location. 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
In our consultation we talk about that. The attire in generally classic black, minimalist weather that means a swimsuit or something else, we select together. 

WHAT IF I WANT TO BE NUDE?
You can! We would talk it through together to decide on a time and place where you will feel comfortable doing that whenever possible. I recognize that everyone has a different level of comfort in the body and may have different preferences for making that happen. Lets talk.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
Typically, I do a hot edit and pick one or two images within hours of our session and send them to you so you can see them right away. I send you a larger edited set within 3 weeks so you can select the image you would like for your special print. Once you make that selection, you will receive your print in about a month. That said, COVID-19 has presented special challenges with the supply chain which sometimes impacts delivery times for prints. If anything unusual arises, I will keep you informed.

WHAT KIND OF PRINT WILL I RECEIVE?
I like to print on an archival, matte finish photo paper. Prints are usually 16x20 and arrive rolled in a tube, unframed. If you would like to have me arrange framing, Im happy to do so for an additional fee.
You may also choose to get a print on canvas, silk or metal. Prices vary with materials. We can talk about what would feel most wonderful for you.

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
Lets talk about whatever those questions might be. Im happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns.


WHY ME?


Im an interdisciplinary artist, meditation teacher and healer, recovering creative, empath and highly sensitive person. I grew up on the ocean (literally) on the East Coast sailing, swimming and mucking about in nature. I was a lifeguard and swimming coach for the Special Olympics.  Im a certified Tarot card reader, energy and Reiki healer,  and a former candidate in a Masters program in Clinical Psychology. I started teaching mindfulness in 2008. My business clients include Fortune 500 companies, top hospitals, prominent law firms, financial concerns and NPOs. I also have coaching clients across the globe. 
My photography, immersive installations and transformational, embodied practices have two main strands: the investigation of tensions and challenges created when drastic upheavals transform or destroy delicate beauty; and, helping others evolve and expand their capacity for love, abundance, and creativity. I have a background in photojournalism and documentary photography. Im an MFA Candidate in the Department of Photography at Columbia College Chicago.


 "Much as Rothko sought an experience of healing in the act of painting and in the moments in which the viewer is in communion with the work, I have similar hopes for this body of work. That contact with these images may plant seeds for an awakening, a shift in consciousness through contact with beauty even in the midst of collapse."

Golden Alchemy

This print is available for purchase 5"x 8" on archival matte 8x10 paper. $100 (special holiday price!) Limited edition of 10! Click the link to buy it now with PayPal. (You may also use Zelle: hillary@hillaryjohnsonphoto or Venmo @Hillary-Johnson-1

YOU'RE INVITED!

WHAT? 

A public art installation of beautiful, sparkling glitter, gold tulle tumbling from the trees lining the walking path. A shared experience of alchemy, contemplation, restoration and reconnection with the gold within you and others.

WHEN? 

Sunday 11/28 11am-2pm

WHERE? 

Palos, Illinois Park in the lot for Teason's Woods and cross 104th Avenue, walking west to enter the path into the woods. You will find us easily. 

HOW MUCH?

FREE and kid-friendly

DANG, I CAN'T MAKE IT! 

No worries. There are other ways to bring the essence of the experience into your home or work space. A variety of one-of-a-kind conceptual photos with collage and gold leaf painting and pieces of the actual tulle used for the installation are available for purchase.  

Studio visits to view the work are available in person or via Zoom. Just ask! 

The photo above is available for purchase too. $100 for a 5x8 inch print on 8x10 paper, edition of 10. 

(The $100 is a special price now for holiday gifts for yourself or friends, family, loves.) Local Chicago delivery $10, $20 across the US, Intl by location) 

Order by Dec 10 to be in time for all the celebrations!

Order by 11/29 and receive a special extra surprise in your package!

WHAT ELSE? 

Join us with your cameras, phones, video to experience this with us as a reminder of the miracle of light and aliveness, our own inner gold, our loving kindness for ourselves and each other as we move into the winter season. 

Please share your photos on social media with the #TulleExperiment and tag @hillaryjohnsonthephotographer on IG. I'd be very grateful for any photos and video you would send my way to share the experience with others.

We'll begin the installation process at 9am with 4-5 tree climbing arborists, who are each volunteering their time to help me realize this vision.

Please share this event with your friends and family. We welcome you to come with snacks and beverages to share if you like. Upon departure, please leave the forest as you found it.

Wishing you all light and loving-kindness, Hillary


Tulle Experiment: Palos Edition


A public art installation of beautiful, sparkling glitter, gold tulle tumbling from the trees lining the walking path.
You're invited on this Thanksgiving weekend to join us with your cameras, phones, video to experience this with us as a reminder of the miracle of light and aliveness, our own inner gold, our loving kindness for ourselves and each other as we move into the winter season. Please share your photos on social media with the #TulleExperiment and tag @hillaryjohnsonthephotographer on IG. I'd be very grateful for any photos and video you would send my way to share the experience with others.


Admission is free and the event is kid-friendly.


The installation is meant to offer visitors an experience of surprise and delight, the fragile and ephemeral, in some lovely woods which are very easily accessible.
We will begin the installation process at 9am with 4-5 tree climbing arborists, who are each volunteering their time to help me realize this vision.


We hope to have all the tulle up the trees and ready for release at 11am. The installation will remain in place for three hours max. in part dependent on the weather.


One-of-a-kind conceptual photos with collage and gold leaf painting and pieces of the actual tulle used for the installation are available for purchase which will enable us to increase the scale and capacity for the next iteration on an even larger and more grand scale. I plan on much larger fabric and being able to pay the riggers, and creating high quality documentation. Please inquire. Studio visits to view the work are available in person or via Zoom.


Please share this event with your friends and family. We welcome you to come with snacks and beverages to share if you like. Upon departure, please leave the forest as you found it.


Park in the lot for Teason's Woods and cross 104th Avenue, walking west to enter the path into the woods. You will find us easily. I'll come up with something to tag the path for you and post about that later.
Wishing you all light and loving-kindness, Hillary

Here is a link to a pdf map of the area.

Please reach out for studio visitto view the work which is available for to have or give as gifts.

Thank you, Hillary

I did a thing!

I have dithered over doing this for years. Why? I have no idea... well not true. I know why. All the self indicting votes of no-confidence, you can't, what will people say, it's not perfect and on and on... But a lot of inner work, going to Life of Yes Camp run by Saya Hillman and her amazeballs, Mac & Cheese Productions which supports so many humans, led me here to finally creating some stuff that I believe in, in support of chasing my dreams, and hit that dang publish button!

Whoa! 100% nervous and excited too.


My first online shop!

You can get #thewatersweswimin t-shirts, sweatshirts, masks (natch). I'm so excited! Yeeee!

All sales support art continuing to be made, keeping me in grad school and spreading loving kindness all the places we all go. The Waters We Swim In is a global project supporting healing transformation so we can find our gifts and make the most of the life we have in front of us while helping others thrive at the same time.

Can you, would you help me meet my goal and sell 100 t-shirts or sweatshirts by the end of the day tomorrow?
Please and thank you for sharing too.


Happy Halloween! Big spooky hugs!

I hope you will join me and my art witch friends for a beautiful show at Art of Balance November 6 & 7, 6P - 9P CT.

Art of Balance Open House & Dialectics Gallery Show
Art of Balance is hosting an open house and sponsoring The Dialectics gallery show in recognition of our newly opened second location in the West Loop on 1611 W Monroe St.

I'm thrilled to share a video and photography installation, "The Waters We Swim In," which invites you to contemplation in a transformational, liminal space.

Inspired in part by this teaching of Pema Chodron's: Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us. The work reflects my own sense of the expansiveness and ease which meditation has given me over the last 20 years, even during the global pandemic. Meditation gives me that capacity to stay present with what is, even when it's very hard, with a bit more grace than I'd have otherwise. This installation invites you to try a few moments of your own quiet presence to befriend whatever is true for you in the moment.

Meet therapists and attend workshops that present on specific theoretical lens and therapeutic tools. Engage with our community artists and show support through contributions. Receive tarot and astrology readings.

Food, drinks, live music, and raffles will be present at our space. Any contributions will support our local artists and clients seeking affordable therapy services at our location. Reach out for more information - we hope to see you soon!

I had an occasion last week to really confront and revisit the concept and practice of right speech. 

The Buddha was precise in his description of Right Speech. He defined it as abstinence from false speech, abstinence from malicious speech, abstinence from harsh speech, and abstinence from idle chatter. In the vernacular this means not lying, not using speech in ways that create discord among people, not using swear words or a cynical, hostile or raised tone of voice, and not engaging in gossip. Re-framed in the positive, these guidelines urge us to say only what is true, to speak in ways that promote harmony among people, to use a tone of voice that is pleasing, kind, and gentle, and to speak mindfully in order that our speech is useful and purposeful.

This is a very good article about what it is and how it works and matters from creating harmony even in difficult communications. Thank you to Tricycle Magazine!



Super excited to share this beautiful opportunity for you all to join me and sound healing yogi Natalja Aicardi for, "Healing the Wounds: Guided Meditation and Sound Healing Experience."

Are feeling like you could use a little outdoor time before the grey of Chicago winter lands?

Are you feeling a little trepidation about upcoming winter and all that indoor time?

Is the ongoingness of COVID getting to you?

Could you use some contemplative time in a beautiful outdoor setting to help you get some grounding and relief?

This event is for you.

You'll experience a beautiful social art practice art installation, guided contemplation and meditation and sound healing in a gorgeous outdoor setting with water, amazing old trees all in a sacred atmosphere.

Even though this is a super safe, outdoor experience, this is a ticketed event, so make sure you get your tix in advance! Link to purchase tix hereLink to purchase tix here.

Please share generously with colleagues, coworkers, friends. Thank you.

#healing # #energyhealing #socialpracticeart #meditation #soundhealing #community

Meditation and portrait photography pop-up!

Do you sometimes struggle with anxiety?
Does your brain feel scattered sometimes?
would you like to be able to feel more grounded and present?

Practicing mindfulness meditation reduces stress and anxiety and open the way for greater ease and peace in every day life for ourselves and all those with who we come into contact.

Having an image of ourselves in a peaceful state is a form of potent witnessing and celebration. The photograph can remind us of who we are, and that that inner well of peace is available to us at any moment of every day. It can help keep us on our path of well-being.

I am offering a special opportunity for one on one meditation instruction along with a portrait to be made of you sitting in meditation. So that you can have your reminder of your inner peace to help you stay inspired and in your practice.
instruction and portraits are Only available next week on Tuesday the 13th and Wednesday the 14th. Morning, afternoon and evening slots are available.

$100 ($300 value)

If money is an issue right now, heart pricing/sliding scale available. No one will be turned away. Sessions last one hour.

Please share with anyone who could benefit. 

Reserve your session now with payment via:

Venmo: @hillary-johnson-1
PayPal: @HillJPics
Zelle: hillary at hillaryjohnsonphoto dot com

Thanks and blessings, Hillary 

#meditation #mindfulnessmeditation #mindfulnesscoach #wellbeingcoach #vipassanameditation

THE WATERS WE SWIM IN: A HEALING RITUAL of TRANSFORMATION

Here is all the information about the healing work of The Waters We Swim In. I would love nothing more than to see you fully

THE WATERS WE SWIM IN: A HEALING RITUAL of TRANSFORMATION
Here is all the information about the healing work of The Waters We Swim In. I would love nothing more than to see you fully flower in your purpose as a human being, an artist, whatever you dream of most deeply in your heart of hearts. How beautiful! Especially in this strange global pandemic time, in which we have all suffered a collective trauma, we need healing at a soul level more than ever. 

What's wonderful is how powerful it is that when we heal, we also help our family and community heal. This is how we change the world, healing ourselves and letting the ripples spread outward.

THE WATERS WE SWIM IN: A HEALING RITUAL of TRANSFORMATION
Here is all the information about the healing work of The Waters We Swim In. I would love nothing more than to see you fully flower in your purpose as a human being, an artist, whatever you dream of most deeply in your heart of hearts. How beautiful! Especially in this strange global pandemic time, in which we have all suffered a collective trauma, we need healing at a soul level more than ever.
 
What's wonderful is how powerful it is that when we heal, we also help our family and community heal. This is how we change the world, healing ourselves and letting the ripples spread outward.

 
IS THIS YOU?
Hey hello there, beautiful, sensitive, creative human!
You're highly sensitive, empathic.
Youve always known there was something special awaiting you.

  • You worry that despite your best efforts youll miss your true calling
  • You feel like finding answers is sometimes so elusive that you wonder if youll ever figure it out.

Or MAYBE, you feel like you have things pretty well figured out but still...

  • theres this niggling sense that you arent quite fully there. You know you wont rest until you feel youve completely become the very best version of yourself.

You want to live fully aligned, heart, mind, spirit for purpose.

  • You want to feel healed and whole.
  • You want to feel inspired and inspire others.
  • You have a profound feeling theres something you were meant to do.
  • You wonder, why is it so hard to find what IT is?
  • You wonder, is it really possible to live like that? 

What if instead of living with uncertainty, you knew that:

  • you could live your life totally sure that you were really living to your fullest potential
  • completely confident that you were doing the work you were meant to do in this life
  • each day is a magnificent expression of your fullest, most sovereign creative self

 

THE MANY THINGS YOUVE TRIED:
Youve been in therapy (maybe more than one kind), done journaling (countless pages of searching), gone on retreats, read a librarys worth of self help books, made vision boards, gone on pilgrimages, bullet journaling, and so on. I get it. So many things! Ive been there right along with you. Sometimes you may wonder, didnt I already deal with this? Why aren't I further along
 
WHY THOSE THINGS DIDNT WORK:
First of all; It isnt you. You havent done anything wrong. Living fully, passionately and in total alignment with your most profound gifts isnt an obvious thing. Our true gifts have frequently been negated for much of our lives. Career paths laid out for us by well meaning guidance counselors or family have been too narrow, too safe. There may be things hiding back there in family stories, history, even inter-generationally, that are part of a way of being that you may not even know is influencing you, holding you back. People didnt ask us the RIGHT questions. We didnt even know how to ask ourselves the right questions.
 
But now is YOUR time!
Learning how to live in a place of deep purpose and joy is less about the externals most people associate with finding our way to success. What makes the difference is the deep magic of committing learning who you really are, throwing the doors open wide to knowing what your unique gifts are so that you can do the great work of this life, the work that only you can do and making room and giving yourself permission to own your own gifts, your very place in this sparkling universe. The world needs your gifts. Your offerings.. You are called to create them from your own dear heart AND in part because others need what you alone can offer.

UNCOVER YOUR GIFTS & START LIVING YOUR PURPOSE:
The key to discovering and owning your gifts is to uncover the hidden/dormant/latent so you can learn how to make the best of them for yourself and in service to others. To do this, you need to be in a liminal space where we witness and heal; excavate and celebrate. A place where your gifts come into the full light of consciousness. Most of all, a place where you give yourself permission to live in this expansive space, now and forever. The answers are all inside you and you can access them. Water is just this sort of space.

THE WATERS WE SWIM IN: A HEALING RITUAL of TRANSFORMATION is a way for you to step into this space and to experiences a guided process of surrendering to self realization through profound healing of the deepest wounds in conjunction with reconnection to the unique gifts each of us possesses, which when ignited, gives purpose and meaning to our lives.

WHY ME? 
Im Hillary. For much of my life, I felt like I was living a short distance from my actual life. I often felt that my skin didnt fit me, that I didnt deserve anything good. Occasionally, Id have a vague recollection of feeling powerful, magical, intuitive and creative but that feeling would vanish into thin air almost as soon as I noticed it. I was constantly searching for answers. I thought the only  way to fix my lost feeling was to ask some mythical right person, who I was and what I should do. I was looking for rescue, to be fixed. It took me years to figure out that what I was searching for was right here inside me. Once I made  up my mind and gave myself the space and permission to live fully and joyfully in my true purpose, I have lived just that way… and its been downright magical. Every day is more expansive, more creative, more full of love. 

Im an interdisciplinary artist, meditation teacher and healer, recovering creative, empath and highly sensitive person. I grew up on the ocean (literally) on the East Coast sailing, swimming and mucking about in nature. I was a lifeguard and swimming coach for the Special Olympics.  Im a certified Tarot card reader, energy and Reiki healer,  and a former candidate in a Masters program in Clinical Psychology. I started teaching mindfulness in 2008. My business clients include Fortune 500 companies, top hospitals, prominent law firms, financial concerns and NPOs. I also have coaching clients across the globe. 
My photography, immersive installations and transformational, embodied practices have two main strands: the investigation of tensions and challenges created when drastic upheavals transform or destroy delicate beauty; and, helping others evolve and expand their capacity for love, abundance, and creativity. I have a background in photojournalism and documentary photography. Im a Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Contemporary Photography and an MFA Candidate in the Department of Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
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DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF: We do four sessions of well-being/mindfulness coaching via Zoom. I use all the tools at my disposal for asking you powerful questions. This prepares us for your big day in the water. The day arrives, we meet at the beach before the sun rises. We meet by the water. where you will experience healing meditation and intention setting. We go into the water so you can heal and transform, stepping into a new glorious sense of yourself and your place in the universe. We come  out of the water for a ritual of witnessing and celebrating. Within three hours you then receive a set of images from your session so you see yourself with new eyes. Finally, we close the ritual and you select the print you would like made large just for you. Ill offer suggestions for framing and display. We close by looking at what intuitive nudges arise for you from your experience and identify inspired actions you will take to continue your journey of expanding each day in abundance, love, and well-being. Prints are shipped unframed within 3-4 weeks of selection. (shipping rates vary and are handled separately)
 
Your Healing Ritual in Detail

  • Preparation: Say Yes to Your Calling: A conversation via Zoom in which we review the process and make our plans for our work together. Arrangements are set for making your payment and we set dates for each of your healing coaching sessions, water ritual and closing session.
  • Initiation: Sacred Commitment to Yourself: We meet via Zoom for a guided reflection that prepares the ground for you to receive all your heart needs, wants, and desires. Our time includes a guided meditation practices, recorded for you to use later, and a powerful ritual and letter of commitment and consent to yourself, documented as a form of witnessing, so you can open the door to your most profound core healing, unconditional self love and appreciation. Your journey to the great work of your life begins! ($1800 value)
  • Diving In: The Heart of Your Healing Immersion: You receive four Pre-Work/Self-Reflection Zoom sessions:
    • Identifying and Naming your Wound
    • Witnessing, Grieving and Healing your Wound
    • Moving Through: Identifying and Naming your Gift
    • Laying Claim to, Witnessing, Celebrating your Gift
  • Transformation: Entering Liminal Space: A pre-immersion beach meeting, guided meditation, and healing session created just for you to prepare you to come into your body, release what no longer serves you,  call in and make space for your gifts, your sovereignty, to take root and grow so you can transform, living in the flow or well-being, ease and joy now and every day as you do the great work of your life . ($1000 value)
  • Release and Heal: 1-2 hour water ritual. I hold space and guide you so that you feel safe and protected at all times. The process always comes from a place of respect for your agency, autonomy, sovereignty. We go into the water together, entering liminal space for your healing and transformation. You let go of what no longer serves your highest vibration and purpose, release the old wounds and stories, so you can call in and activate your embodied wisdom, healing and gifts for joy so that you can go on to do the work you were put here to do.  ($1500 value)
  • Name and Celebrate: A post-ritual time of reflection, witnessing and celebration so that you can integrate the fullness of your experience, allowing it to soak into every cell of your being. We name and witness where you were, where you are now and where you want to be going. We listen for further intuitive nudges as they appear and investigate what inspired actions they might be hinting at. ($1000 value)
  • Witnessing and Evidence: Sacred Transformation Revealed: You receive a set of 3-10 digital photos within three hours of the water ritual so you can see for yourself the beautiful evidence of your healing and transformation.  It is one thing to be in the experience. The healing continues when you are able to see and celebrate yourself from outside. ($1000 value)
  • Completion: Closing the Ritual: We meet via Zoom to look at the very best of your photos and select that one magical image youll receive as a beautiful print. Well talk through the selection so that the one you select will be a lifetime reminder of your inner gold, that essence who knows who they are and is ready to stand in their power, ready to follow their divine gifts. ($1000 value) 
  • 1 print of your choice up to 16" x 20", so you can connect with the ongoing witnessing and celebration the photo provides, a touch stone into your ongoing well-being. ($1250 value) (Prints are matte finish, archival, Piezography black and white.) Other sizes and materials, including prints on silk and metal available for an additional cost) 
  • Ill send you recommendations on how to hang your print… So you can see and enjoy your print for years to come. ($150)

Total Value: $12,700
Your Cost: $2500 

Payments accepted through: 
QuickPay/Zelle: hillary@hillaryjohnsonphoto.com  
Venmo: @hillary-johnson-1
PayPal: @HillJPiccs
Payment required to hold the date we select. 
If weather is inclement we reschedule your session for the next available date.

If it feels like this is more of a commitment than you are ready to make right now, I do offer a condensed version of this work which doesn't go as deeply for $1500 (a single pre-beach session, water ritual and follow up) as well as a lighter version for $650. 
 
If you are looking to make real change, I would ask yourself, what will it mean to me to have these answers and be able to move forward from an entirely new place of sovereignty to really do the work I am here to do?
 
After sitting with this please let me know how it all lands and what you would like to do. Then we will set up a time to have a call to make our plans for your healing and transformation. Contact me here or call 312-714-4563 (please send a text first so I know to expect you or leave a voicemail and Ill call you back.)

Thank you.
Wishing you expansiveness, joy, alignment in all you do.
Xo Hillary

 
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TAKE A SELF GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF THE "I AM WATER," PUBLIC ART PROJECT IN BROOKLYN  NEW YORK!

I AM WATER is a public art exhibition organized by Our Humanity Matters and ecoartspace in collaboration with SaveArtSpace. The exhibition consists of ten billboards sited in the borough's of New York City and addresses our relationship with water and our human understanding that we are water. (Click to learn more about the project and see the other incredible photographs by 9 other amazing artists.)

Water is the origin of life with the innate purpose to continue creation. In water, we see that everything is connected and interrelated. Everything is liquid before it becomes solid. Humans, who are mostly water, depend on it to protect our DNA and for our basic survival. Water is not a resource but an essential connection to life. The one-sidedness of modern consciousness and our disconnect from nature increasingly subjects water to pollution. If we do not change our behavior, we will run out of water.
We humans cannot be healthy if our waters are not healthy. This exhibition shows waters mystery and importance and helps to reestablish, on a deep cellular level, the intimate relationship with water that we have lost in modern life. 
Exhibition Curator: Patricia Watts, founder of ecoartspace
Production Curator: Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler, founder of Our Humanity Matters
Billboard Application and Procurement: Travis and Justin, SaveArtSpace

THE BILLBOARDS ARE UP! (JUNE 21, 2021 for One Month) SO HURRY UP AND GET THEE TO BROOKLYN! 

WHEN YOU GO: Please snap a photo of yourself with the billboard, use #thewatersweswimin on your favorite social media and share one way this photo touched you or had an impact on you.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please share this with friends for whom this message would align.

Blessings, Hillary