We met up with Kasey and her wife Read at a cul de sac near a gas station off the highway… as we pulled in we noticed a big pile of something in the middle of the road. Kasey took a look and realised that it was a pile of brand new coats. She promptly picked them up to donate, I took a few as well to drop at a church that serves lunch to homeless and people who need a hand up. This was a nice way to start our adventures… and I got to experience Kasey’s kindness shine through right off the bat.
We took a little walk out to an abandoned house near by, hopped the fence (it was sort of down in one area, sort of) and the jumping for joy began! I loved her openness to trying different spots to jump and her fascination with all the random smashed and discarded objects that had been discarded in the yard.
Get to know a little more about Kasey:
Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A: Seeing our friends John and Larry jump looked like a ball…. Adults so often forget how to play for fear of looking silly or getting dirty.. We need more play in our lives and jumping for joy was definitely playful.
Q: How was your experience doing the jumping photos?
A: I had a ball. From the moment I met Eyoalha and the team I felt at ease and willing to do just about anything to get the perfect “jump”. Your willingness to do whatever it took to get the right shot was fun to watch all on its own…
that was your joy, and should be displayed as well… The Joy lingered long after we were done. It just felt GOOD to be a part of something we all need a more of these days.
Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A: Joy looks different to everyone. For me it’s kindness, understanding, enjoying your time with those around you, reaching out to help those who need a step up. It’s spending time with those important to you. Doing the little things for people that are totally unexpected.
Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
A: My wife is my greatest passion ~ she has brought so much love, understanding, humor, playfulness and joy to my life that I cannot imagine my world without her!
Q: How do you feel about being part of a collaborative community project that promotes joy?
A: It excites me to be a part of this community and to bring awareness to our city, what amazing things our valley has to offer and to showcase the Palm Springs Cultural Center.
Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
A: Travel photographer and work with elephants in Kenya or Thailand.. Always photographing something… In due time for the elephants.
Q: What are you working on?
A: Current photo exhibit of B & W work “Things you find in the Desert” at Townie Bagel in Palm Springs and I am currently submitting work to be considered for a show in Long Beach later in the year. I am also looking into a class on a different way to present my photography www.yesakgalleries.com
Thanks for sharing your joyful energy with us Kasey!
Thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.
If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org