This website, Humanitou, is about humanness, creativity and reclaiming the best in ourselves. One way that comes together at Humanitou is through one-on-one conversations with creative, thinking, sharing humans.
It’s the deep stuff; no chit-chat about weather here. I ask each person to sit down with me for an hour, to answer my curiosities and then to let me make portraits and other photographs of them doing what they do.
With ~ 50 people and counting, some of the relatable insights we dig into are:
Love | Xanthe Alexis
“The other day I was in prayer and meditation in my morning practice and this thought came out of nowhere.
“It was: True love is not the desire to bring your beloved closer to you; true love is the desire to bring your beloved closer to the divine. …
“My responsibility to those that I love is to help cultivate their own connection to the divinity that’s inside of them. Whoa. That seems doable.”
Read more from Xanthe Alexis | Mother, Healer, Songwriter + Guitarist
Death | Jack Elder
“[My wife] was diagnosed with cancer in July of last year and dead in October. It was all very quick, very fast. It was discovered very, very late.
“There’s decisions you have to make. The decision to go on living or not is probably the first one. It’s a very real sort of question. It arises naturally and for valid reasons. And it didn’t take me long to resolve it: Yeah, I do want to go on living.
“I do firmly believe life is for the living. You go on with your life. The world doesn’t stop because of your loss.”
Read more from Jack Elder | Photographer, Writer + Walking Encyclopedia
Art | Robyn Sean Peterson
“[It’s] a bridge to the Sacred. In this capacity it facilitates direct perception of higher dimensions of Reality and an intuitive comprehension of the mysteries of the Universe.”
Read more from Robyn Sean Peterson | Intuitive Conduit of Art
Soul | Laurel Astor
“It has information about what to do. I think it’s the best part of us. It’s the spiritual part of us. It’s been with us forever. It will always be with us, the eternal part of us.”
Read more from Laurel Astor | Artist + ‘Great Life’ Advocate
Success | Jeremy Tackett
“I had to be open to hearing, whether that’s self or God or Spirit or the Organism or angels or anything, we have to be open to what turns us on, to what excites us.
“We have to be willing to take a risk and be willing to fail. I am where I am now, because of passion and failure.”
Read more from Jeremy Tackett | Biodynamic Urban Farmer + Holistic Practitioner
Current Affairs | Floyd Tunson
“Nothing outlives the day. The pendulum will go back the other way, but right now it’s pretty extreme on the left and the right.
“We don’t have that center like we used to have. We don’t have that moderation. That won’t last forever. That can’t last forever. I have faith that we’ll evolve from this situation.
“I might be wrong, because, like I say, I didn’t think we would be addressing so much racism and discrimination, and just the alienation of Americans against Americans like we see now.”
Read more from Floyd Tunson | Artist + Local Legend
What’s Next? The six quotes above are samples of the wisdom shared through Humanitou conversations with amazing humans. There’s so much more. Dig in. Subscribe.