The homie Ryan took me over to Rips as a welcome into Phoenix. He hyped that the tavern had a pool table and cool people which lived to its merit.
I sat at a bench outside for a cigarette, which is how I met Anna, who was seated next to me. “I’m a photographer” she’d mention as we spoke.
“Oh yeah?” I got excited and pulled out my camera “can you shoot a portrait of me?”
We hit it off from there.
Discussing natural light composition in the smoking section lead to traveling inside where our conversation deepened while waiting for the billiards to open up. She went into how she’s stubborn and needs to learn things hands-on; played boys little league where her mom flexed on the coach for making her wear a cup; how she’d rather be on foot running around the industrial district of Milwaukee and takes photos as a social lubrication. Our exchange lasted until she dipped out to sleep. Before parting I confessed I wanted to see her again and she felt the same.
I’ve never met anyone more unique and with the same life focus. Just check out her website — https://alvaanna.wixsite.com/info/about
On her Finsta she created part one a collage film that included this monologue
You have to start romanticizing about your life. You have to start thinking of yourself as the main character. Cause if you don’t, life will continue to pass you by and all the little things that make it so beautiful will continue to go unnoticed. Take a second….
That shits real, as it always should be.
I’m blessed to have met this woman and can’t wait until we meet again.